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From The Archives 

-n preparation for the 1882-1883 school year, a prospectus outlining the Academy's history, philosophy, 
purpose and requirements was published. The academic year began on September 12 with John W. Perkins, 

. former principal of Salem High School, taking on the post of Headmaster. Most of the boys were being 
prepared to enter Harvard University, though those who wanted "to enter other colleges or the Institute of 
Technology, or scientific schools, or who desire[d] instruction m special branches" were also admitted. "Divine 
worship on the Sabbath" was required and students admitted to the sixth class (the first year) were to be fluent 
readers in English, know grammar, usage and spelling, have knowledge of geography, be able to work common 
fractions and write legibly. The cost for their college preparation? $75 per year for tuition, $375 for "room, board, 
washing, fuel and lights." Most students lived in the Mansion House though some were allowed to board at 
nearby farm houses. The pictured prospectus was given to the GDA Archives by Norm Brown '47. 

If you are interested in donating items to the Archives please contact 

kpinkham@gda.oig or Kate Pinkham, GDA, I Elm St., Byfield, MA 01922. 

For more news and photographs from the Archives see page 24. 

The Archon 

Published since 1884 


John M. Doggett.Jr. P'04, '07, '08 


Judith Klein P'99, '08 

Art Director 

Christie Rawlins-Jackson 


Christie Rawlins-Jackson 

David Oxton P'03, '08 

Tucker Walsh '08 

Vaughn Winchell, Insight Photography 

Director of Advancement 

Lori Correale 

Associate Director of Advancement 

Michael A. Moonves P'82 

Director of Annual Giving 

Martha Leonard Delay 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97, '02, President 

Christopher C. Beebe '55, Co- Vice President 

Gerry Mack, Co- Vice President P'87, '91, '93 

James L. Rudolph '68, P'05, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L.Alfond '67 

Adrienne Berry-Burton P'96, '04 

Christopher Collins P'07 

Henry B. Eaton '70, P'03, '08 

Beverly Giblin P'04, '05 

Clifford J. Gillespie 

C. David Grayer P'OO 

Lauren Gudonis P'03 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95 

Richard M. KeUeher P'99, '01 

Kathleen L. Livermore '79, P'04 

Priscilla M. Mclnnis P'02, '03, '06 

Kara Moheban McLoy '88 

Reynolds E. Moulton Jr. '56 (deceased) 

Brian H. Noyes '76 

James Pierce '72 P'08 

Haskell Rhett '54 

George S. Scharfe P'95, '00 

Steven G. Shapiro 74, P'09 

C.Thomas Tenney Jr. '69 

Bruce C.Turner '83 

Alumni Trustees 

Sung J. An '95 
Jason Greenberg '96 
Grace P. Jeanes '92 

Ex Officio 

James C. Deveney Jr. '60 

President, Alumni lae Council 

Alumni/ ae Council 

James C. Deveney Jr. '60, President 

Catherine D. Burgess '91, Vice President 

Chris D'Orio '88, Secretary/Treasurer 

David Corbett '91 

John P. English '28 (Life Member) 

Elizabeth Tuthill Farrell '84 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 (Life Member) 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Shawn Gager '88 

Franklin E. Huntress '52 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Katherine Dobie Meyer '96 

Paul Nardone '86 

Howard J. Navins '31, P'63, '66, GP'93 (Founder, Life Member) 

Carolyn Nissi '77 

Matthew Remis '92 

Brian Rybicki '96 

Gretchen Scharfe '95 

Marc K.Tucker '68, P'01, '05 

Alison Williams '89 

Jessica Zaplin '99 

Ex Officio 

Peter T. Buder, '62, Past President 
John S. Mercer '64, P'95, Past President 
Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 
Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 
Arthur H.Veasey III '68, Past President 


14 Belligerent Brahmins: 

The extraordinary friendship 
of Roosevelt and Lodge 

16 The Many Interpretations 
of Mary Rowlandson's 

19 Making GDA a Family Affair 

22 Hold That Tiger 

27 Caro Scores on all Fronts 


2 letters 

4 headmaster's message 

5 development developments 
9 campus news 

24 from the archives 

28 sports roundup 

53 in memoriam 

31 class notes 

68 chapel talk 

Founder's Day Celebration, March 1, 2006. 

Lincoln Clark '66 pictured on far left. 

Photograph by Tucker Walsh '08 

See pages 6 and 13. 

Tlie Archon is published three times a year by Governor Dummer 
Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: (978) 465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, parents and friends of the 
Academy and are subject to editing for reasons of space availability. 

The Archon is printed on recycled paper with a minimum of 10% post-consumer waste. It is printed with 
sustainable resource vegetable-based soy inks in accordance with our commitment to the environment. Please 
recycle again. 

Thanks for 

I send you this correspondence as coordi- 
nator of The Katrina Relief Fund Action 
Coalition. The coalition was a coming 
together of groups in Greater Roxbury to 
aid victims of the hurricane on the Gulf 

In that regard, we were able to send three 
truckloads of food, water and clothing. 
Also, due to donations, two SI. 250. 00 
scholarships were provided to deserving 
students who reside in New Orleans and 
attend Dillard University, a historically 
black college that is located there. 

The coalition would like to express our 
appreciation to you of Governor Dummer 
[Academy] in your efforts to raise and 
donate SI, 300. 00 towards the scholarships 
that were donated. The future of two stu- 
dents is now much brighter. 

In struggle, 

Sadiki Kambom 


Black Community Information 

Center, Inc. 

Boston, MA 

Sole: An additional $1,300.00 was raised by 
GDA and sent to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief 


More Thanks 

Most people aren't appreciated enough, 
and the bravest things we do in our 
lives are usually known only to our- 
selves. No one throws ticker tape on 
the wan who chose to be faithful to his 
wife, on the lawyer who didn't take 
the drug money, on the daughter who 
held her tongue again and again. All 
this anonymous heroism. 

— Peggy Noonan,Wall Street Journal 

Add your family to that list of anonymous 
heroes, you who, by your kindness, pro- 
vided joy to children in extreme need this 
past holiday season. We lost count some- 
where around 650 kids. To our knowledge, 
we took care of all we knew about. It was 
the most we ever covered so every dollar, 
toy and pair of socks donated was essential. 

Thank goodness that you wouldn't let 
these kids be forgotten. Because of you, 
and others like you, they can carry the 
better memories of this season with them 
always, as will I. Who knows what benefits 
your generosity may provide down the 
fine, perhaps tipping someone toward a 
kindness of their own when they recall 
this Christmas. 

Whatever I say can't really do justice to 
your compassion. A humble thank you has 
to cover it although it doesn't feel like 
enough. Thank you so very much students, 
teachers and staff. The distinctive heart and 
character of your community in behalf of 
the less fortunate inspires and gives hope 
for the future. I wish all of you the best in 
life, now and always. 

Jack Herlihy/Ozzie's Kids 2005 
Haverhill, MA 


As always, I enjoyed the latest issue of The 
Archon. Peter Dorsey's piece on Dodge's 
Cider Mill struck a special chord, for I too 
have many fond memories of the trek over 
the hill (much shorter, for those of us 
who didn't have bikes, though carrying a 
gallon jug by one finger of each hand on 
the way back was a pain) to Dodge's. 

I don't know when GDA students first dis- 
covered Dodge's, but it must have been a 
long time ago. A few years ago, in one of 
my U.S. History seminars at the U of 
British Columbia, one of our readings 
involved a farmer named Dodge with an 
orchard at the northern boundary of 
Rowley, who just before the Revolution 
(1772? — my memory fails me) built a 
cider press to process his crops and those 
of his neighbors across the line in 
Newbury. I couldn't prove to a historian's 
satisfaction that this was the progenitor of 
the Dodges I knew, or that the location 
was the same; but I don't suppose there's 
much real doubt. Being, by a very wide 
margin, the oldest student in the seminar, I 
enjoyed telling the others that Dodge's 
cider was the best I ever tasted. It was, too, 
and I was most disappointed, on revisiting 
GDA a few years ago, to find that I could 
no longer bring a couple of gallons of Pa 
Tater's finest back home with me. It 
appears, though that the happy connection 
between the Dodge family and GDA stu- 
dents may have spanned something like 
200 years. 

Anne-Marie Laverty '67 
British Columbia, Canada 

2 'Pie Archon m Spring 2006 

More Memories 


Call me a romantic, a hopeless romantic. I 
freely admit to it and frankly, the older I 
get, the worse the symptoms. A strange 
thing happened to me one evening in 
December as I was relaxing in front of the 
television watching the movie, Mr. 
Holland's Opus: an epiphany perhaps, but 
more like a siren call back to the basics 
that may have been lost in the shuffle that 
our school has recently experienced. It 
wasn't a terribly original story, in fact it 
was really Goodbye Mr. Chips told through 
the eyes of a revered music teacher at a 
public high school. However, I found 
myself rather unsuccessfully fighting back 
tears as Mr. Holland unsuspectingly walks 
into the school auditorium as his students 
of 30 years gather together to honor him 
before his (forced because of budget cuts) 
retirement. Richard Dreyfus does an 
admirable job, I thought, portraying a 
teacher aging through his career, wonder- 
ing if he had had any influence or impact 
at all on his students' lives. The last 
moments of the film, much like Chips, 
show just how powerful a teacher's touch 
can be. 

I stand in awe of teachers. It cannot be an 
easy job. The modern world has made the 
profession more difficult in ways that I am 
sure I do not fully understand. With all the 
trials and tribulations of nurturing young 
people, however, I cannot imagine a more 
satisfying line of work, particularly when 
the graduate returns to the mentor and a 
life-long friendship develops. It has been 
that way across the long veil of years, and I 
am certain most of you reading this will 
have had this emotional connection with 
any number of your teachers. 

What I am more concerned with here, 
though, is that over the last year during 
which the school's name change was 
debated, many of us may have lost an 

important perspective, or at least found it 
clouded by a different emotion. I have no 
doubt what drove the strong feelings many 
of us had about changing the name of our 
school. Let's face it: a good many impor- 
tant years of our lives have been spent 
with Governor Dummer Academy. We 
became young men and women here after 
arriving as boys and girls. But therein is 
the essence of my reference to Mr. 
Holland's Opus. For all of us who love this 
school, our deep and powerful emotional 
connection to Governor Dummer 
Academy is a consequence of the teachers 
with whom we grew up. 

I happen to have many occasions to get 
back to campus, and I never, ever miss the 
chance to walk into the Cobb Room to 
spend a few minutes in front of Buster's 
portrait. There are other images of my for- 
mer teachers now evident in Frost: Heb 
Evans, Bob Anderson, Mac Murphy, John 
Witherspoon, Pierre list 
would go on and on as I recall each one's 
particular influence on my life. For many 
younger alumni, you, too, are so fortunate 
to have had great teachers whom I have 
come to know over the years, not in the 
classroom, but as friends. They are every 
bit the quintessential "master" teacher this 
school has enjoyed since Master Moody 
first graced these halls. 

What I am trying to say is that it really 
shouldn't matter what new name we use 
for our school. We are and always have 
been a collection of incredibly dedicated 
teachers who have chosen this path for 
themselves knowing that in some small 
way they just might influence a young 
mind to be a better person in this very 
challenging world. That is our navigational 
star. As adults, we are what we are today, 
whether we admit to it or not, because 
some teachers we once had touched our 

lives and left a little of themselves with us. 
A day does not go by that I do not ask 
myself: how would Art have expected me 
to handle that, or I wonder if Val would be 
proud of my choice of this, or would Mac 
have gently guided me differently? Any 
one of you could substitute other names 
with the same effect, and I daresay you do 
so often. 

So, as I make my way back to the campus 
from time to time and I see Dick Leavitt 
and Mike Moonves (the only two masters 
remaining from my own school years; 
Mike had just arrived as I was graduating), 
I cannot help but marvel at the love and 
total dedication they, and others, have 
given this honored profession. We are all 
getting older, no doubt, but in our mind's 
eye our teachers remain the age we 
remember them from our youth. Perhaps 
they become immortal that way, like Mr. 
Holland and Mr. Chips. Our school is the 
sum of the parts: the teachers who give 
their lives for their students. The name of 
our school suddenly becomes less impor- 
tant when we regain the perspective of 
why we love this dear old place. 

Jeff Gordon '69 
Portsmouth, RI 

Jeff Gordon has been Treasurer of the Board of 
Trustees since 1990. 

Tfie Archon <s» Spring 2006 3 


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Having survived the college admissions process with our two eldest boys, we 
are about to tempt fate and re-enter that period of high drama, low comedy and 
considerable angst with our third son. I decided to use this as an occasion to travel 
back to my own college for a visit. My alma mater did not fit the profile for the 
type of school that interested my son. but we agreed it might be useful to look at 
it as a point of comparison to his other choices. Knowing that I did not have to 
"sell'" my college, I was able to approach the day as an exercise in nostalgia and 
personal memories. 

As alumni of schools and colleges, there is a natural tendency to want to 
"freeze frame" our experiences there. Because it played a significant role in who 
we are today we want to place protective velvet museum ropes around the insti- 
tution so it will remain as it fives in our memory. 

Walking about the campus, it was evident that the physical plant had changed considerably. There were a number of new 
buildings and many of the venerable structures had undergone conversions to other uses or significant renovations. Every build- 
ing was marked with a logo unfamiliar to me. When I was a senior, the college had just enrolled its first class of women. Today, 
the number of women on campus seemed to be of equal proportion to that of men. In addition, the faces of the students hur- 
rying off to classes suggested a significantly more diverse student body than had existed in the early 1970s. A visit to the stu- 
dent union revealed a myriad of posters and flyers advertising programs, clubs and organizations unheard of "back in the day." 
A copy of the current curriculum guide obtained in the library revealed a very different menu of offerings than I remembered. 
I was beginning to feel like a stranger in a strange land when I encountered one of my former professors. His class had been 
one of my favorites and helped to direct me to my subsequent major. Our conversation was both familiar and a vivid reminder 
of the impact certain teachers had on my development. I remarked how different the place appeared to be. He allowed that the 
College had indeed changed considerably in the last 35 years. He observed that that there was a day and a time when schools 
and colleges could keep the world at bay. There was an insularity and homogeneity about many universities and secondary 
schools that began to break down after the Second World War. The 1960s, Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement accelerated 
this process by bringing the world to the doorstep of American educational institutions. "Things have to change if we are to 
do our job," he commented. The core values and essence of the college remain strong and vibrant, he concluded. Reassured, 
we walked towards our car and happened to run into two GDA graduates who were sophomores at the school. As they 
described their experiences, the excitement and enthusiasm they conveyed confirmed my former mentor's wisdom. 

Good schools cannot be afraid of change. Rather, they need to be nimble and possess the capability and resolve to adapt 
to new conditions and circumstances. It is only through this flexibility that students can be prepared for the unique challenges 
they will encounter in the world. The willingness to explore, evolve and innovate is almost a "tradition" at GDA. We are broad- 
ening our search for a student body of high potential that is diverse, strongly motivated, committed to learning and prepared to 
contribute to the extracurricular fife of the school. The faculty is in the early stages of a curricular review that will re-examine 
course offerings in fight of the new challenges presented by globalism, the critical importance of achieving proficiency in math 
and science skills, the need to acquire the ability to access, process and evaluate information and the necessity of developing 
familiarity with technology as a tool in the learning process. We are looking to further strengthen our residential life program 
and are actively investigating ways to promote and support the moral, ethical, athletic and artistic development ot our students. 

As we continue to evolve as a school and proudly display our new name, the unique essence of the Academy remains; a 
friendly, supportive community characterized by close student faculty relationships; where learning how to learn carries a high 
premium; where young people are encouraged in their efforts to take academic, artistic and athletic risks; where students are 
inspired for full lives of self discovery, personal achievement and service to others. 


John M. Doggett Jr. 

4 TlteArchon •» Spring 2006 

Pictures (and wine) 
at an Exhibition 

Boston Cityscape by artist Joel Babb featured atVose Galleries 

GDA alumni and parents are invited to a private wine reception 
and gallery viewing featuring the work of artist Joel Babb at Vose 
Galleries of Boston on Thursday, May 11, 2006, from 6:30 to 9:30 
p.m. Vose Galleries is operated by GDA alumnus Abbot W. "Bill" Vose 

Established in 1841, Vose Galleries began as an artists' supply store 
in Providence, Rhode Island and is now the oldest family-owned art 
gallery in the country. The gallery specializes in non-contemporary 
American artists from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 
fall of 2001, Vose Galleries opened a new contemporary wing mark- 
ing the return to exhibiting the work of living artists after a 40-year 
hiatus. The galleries specialize in Hudson River School, American 
Impressionism and the Boston School. 

Joel Babb, the featured artist at the May reception, is recognized 
as one of Boston's foremost urban painters, and his large paintings of 
the city, painted from unique and odd angles, are in prominent cor- 
porate and private collections throughout New England. Meanwhile, 
in recent years, he has discovered landscape and forest interiors of 
western Maine, where he built a studio and home, and where he cur- 
rently lives year-round. This work was featured in a recent profile in 
Downeast Magazine, and formed the heart of his most recent solo 

exhibition, "Intimate Wilderness: Maine Landscapes of Joel Babb," at 
the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, in 2002. Mr. 
Babb has taught courses in drawing and painting at Tufts University, 
the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard University Extension School 
and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1974 to the pres- 
ent. The list of museums that have shown his work is long, and 
includes the Arnot Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the 
National Academy of Design, the Ogunquit Art Museum, the 
Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. In 1996 
the Harvard Medical School commissioned him to paint a large pic- 
ture of the first successful kidney transplant that took place during the 
1950s. The painting currently hangs in the Countway Library of the 
Harvard Medical School. Other institutions that own his paintings are 
Bates College, the DeCordova Museum, and the Fogg Art Museum 
of Harvard University. Corporate collections include Bank of Boston, 
Boston Gas, the Charles Hotel, Fidelity, Fleet Bank, IBM, Standish 
Ayer and Wood, and the Tufts New England Medical Center. 

Vose Galleries is located at 238 Newbury Street in Boston. If you 
would like to attend, please contact Sandy Keyes at or 

TheArchon s» Spring 2006 5 

development developments 

Alumni Games Draw the Loyal 

Front Row (left to right) Todd Dagres '78, Kyrie Stevens '90, David 
Miller '87, Anthony Fusco '85, Ben Bizier '02, Andy Ramirez '98 and 
John Perlowski '79. Back Row (left to right) Randy O'Brien '79, Andre 
Sheffield '92, Justin Rivera '94, Ike Suggs '78, Troy Dagres '78, Henry 
Rosen '79, Bob Sims '99, DJ.Ward '05 and Anthony Fleurival '02 

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Front Row (left to right) Lenny Ceglarski '02, John Holt '05, Chris 
Riley '97, Matt Heath, Devin Sullivan '92 and Brendan Forrest '94. 
Back Row (left to right) Max St. Pierre '07, John Pingree '81, Ted 
Werner '84, John Leonard '03, Archie Kasnet '95, Eric Marshall '84 and 
Rvan Perich '07 

A small but stalwart group donned jerseys and played a spirited hockey game on very fast ice with few line changes at the Alumni Winter 
Games on January 8, 2006. Thanks to varsity coach Peter Kravchuk for overseeing this all-star group. 

On the hardwood, the boys varsity basketball team hung on for a hard fought win against alums, 78-70. The alums, coached by Isaiah 
Suggs '78 were led by old-timer Todd Dagres '78, and four members of the class of '79, Troy Dagres, Randy O'Brien, John Perlowski, and 
Henry "H" Rosen. A post-games reception was held in the Frost Library. 

Honoring our Founder... 

Thanks to Scott Williams '74 who arranged for His Majesty's Tenth 
Regiment of Foot, a Revolutionary War re-enactment group, to appear at 
Founder's Day, March 1. Scott's 10-year-old son, Nathaniel, is the fife player for 
the group, and Lincoln Clark '66 is the Captain, Light Infantry Division. 

The "soldiers" marched into The Performing Arts Center where Governor 
Dummer (in the personage of faculty member Joe Repczynski) reviewed the 
troops and read his will. The entire school then exited the PAC and marched to 
the original Little Red Schoolhouse where a wreath was placed in honor of 
William Dummer and the troops shot their muskets in salute to our founder. 

6 TheArchon * Spring 2006 




Donor Profile 

Beverly Giblin, P'04, '05 

Bev, the mother of Erin Giblin '04 and Brendan Giblin '05, remains active 
in the GDA community even after her children have graduated. As an enthu- 
siastic member of the Allies while her children were students on campus, Bev 
served as Co-Chair of the Allies auction and helped initiate many other Allies 
activities. As a past parent, Bev recently joined GDA's Board of Trustees and 
is a member of the Board's Development and Buildings and Grounds 

To Bev, continuing to offer her financial and personal support to GDA, is 
easy to explain. "The School gave us so much as a family," she says. "It was a 
life-changing experience for Erin and Brendan, one that has had a positive 
effect on their whole lives and as a result, I feel I should be thankful to GDA 
for the rest of mine." 

New Face in 

Matt Heath, a graduate of Lawrence Academy and 

Connecticut College, joined the Development Office in 

November as Major Gift Officer. "I am thrilled to be working 

in the GDA Development Office," Matt says. "Working here gives me the opportunity to 

connect my teaching background with my sales and marketing experience. I have joined a 

great team and look forward to contributing to the GDA community." 

A native of Essex, Matt roomed with Tim Flaherty '98 at Conn College where he was 
active in student dance productions, served as a mentor in the New London community, 
played hockey and participated in club sports. Before coming to GDA, Matt worked as a his- 
tory teacher and coach at the Kingswood Oxford School and as a sales/marketing represen- 
tative in the beverage business. He and his wife Jacqueline live in Gloucester. 

"We are very excited to have Matt join the GDA Development Office," says Lori 
Correale, GDA's Director of Advancement. "His connections to the local community, includ- 
ing many GDA families, are strong, and his experience in business as well as independent 
schools makes him uniquely qualified to build lasting philanthropic relationships with our 
alumni, parents and friends." 

Grooving at The Grog 

Ever since its inception, the Milestone Stop at The Grog in Newburyport the night 
before Thanksgiving has been an extremely popular and well-attended event. And this year's 
gathering was another success, as over 85 alums came together and enjoyed conversation and 
laughs from 7-9 p.m. Joining the GDA throng were faculty members Ike Suggs '78, Shawn 
Markey '93 and Mike Moonves. 

The Grog staff was quite complimentary about the GDA crowd, and looks forward 
to hosting for years to come. Director of Alumni Relations Mike Moonves was most appre- 
ciative of alumni support for this event. "We plan to return to The Grog in November '06," 
he promises. 


2006 Upcoming 

April 20 

Alumni Council Dinner for 

April 28 

Grandparents Day 

May II 

Vose Gallery Reception 

May 1 7 

Boston Pops 

June 9-11 

Reunion Weekend / 
Alumni Games 

The Archon <*• Spring 2006 7 

Milestone Dance 1956 

Reunion 06 

Mark your calendars, 
l's and 6's, because 

Reunion is just 

around the corner on 

June 9-11, 2006. 

If you are interested in assisting with 

your class reunion plans, please 

contact Mike Moonves in the 

Development Office at 

(978) 499-3152 or 

H 'llu- Archoii • Spring 2<J06 

Preliminary Reunion Schedule June 9-1 I, 2006 

Friday, June 9 

3:00 p.m. 

Registration begins - Phillips Building 

Class Headquarters/Dormitories - Open 

6:00 p.m. 

Cocktails in the Student Center 

7:30 p.m. 

Reunion Dinner in the Jacob Dining Hall 

9:00- 11:30 p.m. 

After Dinner Gathering in the Perry Room 

Saturday, June 10 

7:00 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. 

Breakfast - Jacob Dining Hall - Phillips Building 

8:00 a.m. 

Registration - all day - Phillips Building 

9:00 a.m. 

25th Annual Pie Race 

9:00 a.m. 

Back To The Classroom Student Panel 

10:15 a.m. 

Annual Meeting and Memorial Service 

1 1 :00 a.m. 

Alumni/ae Concert 

12:30 p.m. 

Cookout Luncheon 

12:30 p.m. 

Champagne Luncheon for the Class of 1 956 

12:30 p.m. 

Champagne Luncheon for the Old Guard 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Alumni/ae Games 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Children's Program 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Free Time 

(Newburyport Cruises/Tours, Golf, Tennis, etc.) 

6:00 p.m. 

Cocktails in the Pescocolido Library 

7:30 p.m. 

Reunion Class Dinner in various locations 

After Dinner Entertainment in the Student Cente 

Sunday, June 1 1 

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Farewell Brunch 

i 1 :00 a.m. 


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Short Takes 

AD Named to Lax HOF 

Roberta "Bert" McLain, Athletic 
Director at Governor Dummer Academy, was 
inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall 
of Fame on January 28, 2006 in a dinner and 
ceremony at the Museum of our National 
Heritage in Lexington. McLain was one of six 
new inductees. 

McLain started her career as a player at 
Choate Rosemary Hall and went on to be a 
four-year varsity player at Union College. She 
was the Captain and MVP in 1984 at Union. 
Her career as a coach began at the Kimball 
Union School in New Hampshire where she 
amassed a 167-win record between 1985- 
1998 and won eight league championships. 
Twice Lacrosse Magazine ranked her teams in 
the National Top 20 teams. In addition, she 
coached several All- Americans. 

Bert served as President of the New 

England School Girl Lacrosse from 1996 - 
1998 when a reorganization of the national 
governing body changed the title to New 
England Representative to the High School 
Coaches Council, a position she still holds 
today. She also played an instrumental role in 
the merger of the USWLA and US Lacrosse, 
served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors 
in 1997 to 1999, and on the Women's Division 
Board of Governors in 2000 to 2001. McLain 
was a presenter at and organizer of the first 
Women's US Lacrosse Convention in 
Baltimore and worked on the regional selec- 
tion committee for Ail-Americans and 
National Tournament team selections. McLain 
has coached many National Tournament 
teams and received a Coaching Distinction 
Award from Kimball Union in 2001. She 
came to GDA in 1998. 

GDA Takes Lead in Moodle Use 

GDA Director of Library Services Susan 
Chase and Manager of Information Systems 
Aaron Mandel presented a workshop enti- 
tled "Moodle in the Classroom" at the 
Massachusetts Computer Using Educators 
(Mass CUE Inc.) leadership symposium on 
March 20, 2006 in Worcester. The daylong 
symposium was designed to provide an 
opportunity for school technology leaders to 
collaborate with each other as they plan the 
technology future of their institutions. 

The workshop by Chase and Mandel 
followed a February 8 afternoon program 
they presented at GDA for a MassCue spon- 
sored Special Interest Group focusing on 
Moodle as a learning tool. The duo created 
and co-chair this ongoing group. Mandel 
discussed installation, development and sup- 
port while Chase covered the implementa- 
tion of Moodle at the Academy as it has been 
embraced by classroom teachers. 

For the uninitiated, Moodle is a course 

Moodle Conference 2005 GDA 

management system designed to enable edu- 
cators to augment their classroom content 
with an online component such as a discus- 
sion board. Moodle's design is based upon 
social constructionist pedagogy and, as a 
result, supports effective learning environ- 
ments. Moodle is also Open Source, which 
means that it is free to download and use. It 
is available in 70 different languages and 

boasts more than 9,147 registered sites in 47 

Last summer, GDA sponsored a two-day 
MoodleMoot NE conference open to edu- 
cators throughout the world. The keynote 
speaker was Martin Dougiamas, the creator 
of Moodle. Plans are underway for another 
MoodleMoot NE conference at GDA for 
June 26 — 28. Dougiamas will be returning 
to campus for the event. 

Mandel and Chase are clearly assuming 
leadership roles in the use of Moodle on the 
Academy's campus as well as throughout the 
academic world. "As educators, we think it's 
important to connect with students using 
the technology that's part of their daily 
lives," says Chase. "Moodle encourages a shift 
toward constructivist learning pedagogy. For 
our students who will be operating in the 
global society, learning and working will take 
place while collaborating and learning over 
vast networks." 

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campus news 

GDA Artists 
Among the Prized 

Seven GDA students 
recently joined the ranks of 
award-winning artists, earn- 
ing recognition in the Boston 
Globe Scholastic Art Awards. 
Now in its 54th year, the 
Globe's annual program rec- 
ognizes outstanding achieve- 
ment among young 
Massachusetts artists in grades 
7 through 12. 

This year's GDA winners 
are Sean Cho '06 who 
received a Gold Key for his 
photography portfolio; Cory 
Fischer '06 and Sean Murphy 
'06 who each received a Gold 
Key for their ceramics port- 
folios; Ian Henneberger '07 
who received a Silver Key 
for his digital photo; Jern 
Sirivatanaaksorn '07 who 
received a Silver Key for her 
painting; Anna Smith '08 
who received a Gold Key for 
her ceramics; and Tucker 
Walsh '08 who received an 
Honorable Mention for his 
digital photo. 

The work of Gold Key 
winners with portfolio 
entries was submitted into 
the next round of judging in 
New York City. 

Silver Key and Gold 
Key winning works were 
on exhibit at the State 
Transportation Building in 
Boston during January and 

The awards presentation 
took place on February 5 in 
Boston. Congratulations to 
our fine artists! 

Vipavee Sirivatanaaksorn '07 

from top to bottom: 

Con- Fischer '06, 

Anna Smith '08, Sean Murphy '06 

Oxton to Teach Summer Workshop 

David Oxton, a pro- 
fessional photographer 
and a faculty member at 
GDA, was recently chosen 
to teach a course entitled 
"Young Digital Color 
Photographers" at Maine 
Photographic Workshops 
in Rockport, Maine. The 
two-week workshop, from 
June 18 to July 1, is designed for talented teenage 
photographers who want to delve deeply into digital 
photography. The course is a thorough investigation 
of digital cameras, including file management, 
Photoshop, printing options, image editing, enhance- 

ment and manipulation. 

Oxton has taught photography and film at GDA 
for the past 14 years. Before he began teaching, he 
was a successful commercial and editorial photogra- 
pher in the Boston area. His images have appeared in 
a wide variety of publications for corporations and 
colleges in the New England area, as well as in 
national publications such as Newsweek magazine. 
For the past five years, Mr. Oxton has been working 
on a personal art project that has resulted in a collec- 
tion of over 500 portraits of strangers on the street. 

Twenty-four of Mr. Oxton's street photographs 
were on exhibit during the winter at Caffe di Sienna 
in Newburyport. 

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Tto fium 

Ian Henneberger '07 

Sean Cho '06 

Tucker Walsh '08 

Lights, Camera, Food 

"Lights, Camera, Food" was this winter's answer to dinner and a movie at 
Governor Dummer Academy. What began as a casual conversation between photogra- 
phy teacher David Oxton and English teacher Maud Smith Hamovit about the beauty 
of movies which feature the cooking and eating of food has turned into what campus 
gourmands and film buffs hope will become an annual feature of the GDA calendar. 
Director of Food Services David Alonzi worked with his staff to plan menus and room 
decor to accompany five films screened in the new wing of the dining hall during 
the dinner hour. This year's films included Chocolat (featuring a chocolate fountain and 
a spread of luscious chocolate desserts); Big Night (Italian food); Eat, Drink, Man, Woman 
(in celebration of the Chinese New Year); Babette's Feast (French cuisine); and Mostly 
Martha (German food). Movie-goers were free to come and go between watching the 
featured film and sampling the fantastic food arrayed in the Jacobs Dining Hall. Stay 
tuned for the schedule for next year's "Lights, Camera, Food." Parents and alumni are 
always welcome to attend! 

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Quilts Tell Stories of African American Experience 

Douglass Declaimers Deliver 

Juniors participated in GDA's eighth 
annual Frederick Douglass Declamation 
Contest. After reading The Narrative of the 
Life of Frederick Douglass students then mem- 
orized and recited a passage by Douglass. The 
finalists contested on January 13. 

This year's winners were Carlos Apostle 
of Andover, Massachusetts; Allan Bradley of 
Byfield, Massachusetts; and Angelo Scippa of 
Middleton, Massachusetts. 

Finalists were Allison Barnaby of 
Hampton, New Hampshire; Suh- Young 
Chung of Daegu, Korea; Ana S. Almeyda 
Cohen of Bronx, New York; Jenna Glendye 
of Methuen, Massachusetts; Janay Walsh 
of North Andover, Massachusetts; and 
Eric Ward of Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Winners recited their declamations at 
the Martin Luther King Day convocation on 
January 16, 2006 in the Performing Arts 
Center on campus. 

To Be. ..or Not to Be 

Junior Allan Bradley 
after being chosen by 
audition to represent 
GDA at the semi-finals of the English- 
Speaking Union's 23rd Annual Teen 
Shakespeare Competition, was named one of 
ten finalists for a competition on February 5 
at Emerson College. Allan performed well at 
the finals, although he was not chosen to 
proceed to the national competition in April 
in New York City. Still, his stellar perform- 
ance earned him the attention of the Boston 
Globe which featured him in two stories 
about the Shakespeare competition, photos 
and all! 

Quilts created by "Sisters in 
Stitches, Joined by the Cloth" were on 
display in January in The Youngman 
Gallery of the Kaiser Art Center at 
GDA as part of the school's celebration 
of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
The exhibition featured contemporary 
quilts stitched by members of the only 
African-American quilting guild in 
New England. The 38 members have 
worked together for nine years, incor- 
porating their heritage into quilt mak- 
ing. They meet monthly to share ideas 
and techniques in their efforts to focus 
on the African American women's per- 
spective in the United States. GDA's 
Associate Director of Communications 
Christie Rawlins-Jackson is a member 
of the group. 

At a school convocation to honor 
MLK on Monday, January 16, SISJBTC 
President Susi Ryan discussed the his- 
tory of African American quilting and 
its evolution through the centuries up 
to the Civil Rights Movement and the 

According to the website of Sisters 
in Stitches, the textile traditions of 
African peoples are less thoroughly 
documented than other aspects of folk 

art such as music, dance, or speech. 
What is known, however, can be traced 
back to the prominent influences of 
four civilizations of Central and West 
Africa: the Mande-speaking peoples (in 
the modern countries of Guinea, Mali, 
Senegal, and Burkina Faso); the Yoruba 
and Fon peoples (in the Republic of 
Benin and Nigeria); the Ejagham peo- 
ples (in Nigeria and Cameroon); and 
the Kongo peoples (in Zaire and 
Angola). While the people of these 
regions were traded as slaves, their tex- 
tiles were also traded heavily through- 
out the Caribbean, Central America, 
and the Southern United States. Thus, 
the traditions of each distinct region 
became intermixed. By the time that 
early African American quilting became 
a tradition in and of itself, it was already 
a combination of textile traditions. 
Today, the Sisters in Stitches aim to cel- 
ebrate the heritage of quilting and to 
reinforce the link that binds them 
together in their collective history, and 
to keep alive a tradition of women 
coming together to share their joys and 
sorrows through the creation of quilts. 

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hort takes 

Student Papers Win Accolades 

Senior Charles 
Grant of Boxford was 
recently published in 
wk y The Concord Review, 

a quarterly review of 
essays by high school 
students of history. 
Charlie's paper, pre- 
pared for his Advanced 
Placement U.S. History class last year and 
entitled "Belligerent Brahmins: The 
Extraordinary Friendship of Henry Cabot 
Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt," examines 
how Teddy Roosevelt relied on the political 
acumen of Henry Cabot Lodge and his own 
charisma to advance an expansionist agenda 
desired by both men. 

The Concord Review, founded in 
1987, is the only publication in the world of 
history scholarship by high school students. 
Since 1987, the journal has received submis- 
sions from more than 7,000 students across 

the United States and English-language 
schools around the world. It has published 
about 700 papers altogether. Ten or 11 papers 
are selected for publication in each issue, or 
40-45 per year. 

Charlie is the third GDA student to be 
published by The Concord Review in the 
last six years. Sarah Willeman '99 and 
Marienna Murch '02 also had their works in 
the publication. 

Charlie will attend Dartmouth College. 

Excerpts from Charlie's paper appear 
on page 14. 

Senior Mackenzie Pelletier recently 
won the annual Cum Laude Society Prize 
($500) for the single best scholarship pro- 
duced by students at the 75 public and pri- 
vate schools in the northeast district of the 
Cum Laude Society. Mackenzie's research 
paper, prepared for A.P. U.S. History last 
year, examines "The Many Interpretations 

of Mary Rowlandson's 
Indian Captivity 


Schools with 

Cum Laude chapters 
are invited to submit 
one paper representing 
the epitome of schol- 
arly achievement in the 
school that year. The prize is awarded by a 
panel of judges who read the papers blindly, 
not knowing the author or the school. 

In its notification to GDA that 
Mackenzie had won, the Cum Laude 
Society president expressed admiration that a 
GDA student had won again this year. 
Tim Lang '05 won the award for his research 
paper on the Albany Plan of Union. 

Excerpts from Mackenzie's paper appear 
on page 16. 

Honoring our Founder... 

To celebrate Founder's Day on Wednesday, March 1, His 
Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot, a Revolutionary War 
re-enactment group with several local members, marched to 
the Performing Arts Center at 7:45 a.m. where Governor 
Dummer (in the personage of faculty member Joe 
Repczynski) reviewed the troops and read his will. The 
entire audience then exited PAC and marched to the origi- 
nal Little Red Schoolhouse where a wreath was placed in 
honor of William Dummer and the troops shot their mus- 
kets in salute to the school's founder, Lt. Governor William 
Dummer. Dummer served as acting governor of the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony for several years in the 18th 
century and his will called for the establishment of the 
Academy in 1763. Alumnus Scott Williams '74 of North 
Hampton, NH, arranged for the re-enactment group to 
appear; his 10-year-old son, Nathaniel, is the drum and fife 
player for the group. 

Sean Murphy '06, Dan'l Doggett '07, Obenewaa Boakye '07, Danielle 
Dillihunt '07, Cassandra Cruz '07, Zach Richards '06 

Soup's On 

Students and faculty created more than 200 ceramic bowls for this 
year's Soup's On, a fundraiser for the Cape Ann Food Pantry. Bowls sold 
on Parents Weekend for $10 apiece with gourmet soup prepared by the 
dining staff included with each purchase. A total of $2,340 was raised. 
Seniors Zach Richards and Sean Murphy served as co-chairs. 

Commencement News... 

Massachusetts Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley 
will be this year's commencement speaker, Headmaster Marty Doggett 
announced just as The Archon went to press. 

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Belligerent Brahmins: 

The extraodinary friendship of 
Henry Cabot Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt 

by Charles Grant '06 

TJie following is abridged from the paper written by 
Charles Grant '06 for his Advanced Placement U.S. History 
class and recently published in The Concord Review. Charlie 
will attend Dartmouth College. 

After enjoying almost twenty years of unchallenged domi- 
nance in the post Civil War federal government, the party of 
Lincoln was on the verge of collapse. The Republican National 
Convention of 1884 was split between members of the so-called 
Old Guard and the newer constituents of the party, such as the 
interests of business, urbanites, and machine politicians. Caught in 
the middle of this political firestorm were two younger 
Republicans whose heritage and beliefs placed them among the 
ranks of the Old Guard. The elder of the two at age 34 came from 
an old Boston family whose commercial shipping ventures and his- 
toric influence on politics had made them an established name in 
their home state of Massachusetts. His name was Henry Cabot 
Lodge. The other, age 26, came from equally established wealth in 
New York, the son of a reform-minded millionaire. His name was 
Theodore Roosevelt. 

Roosevelt and Lodge had met prior to 1884, but it was their 
collaboration at the convention that year that put them in close 
quarters with each other, exposed common character traits, and 
forced them to work together for the first time. Roosevelt later 
wrote to his sister, Anna, dramatically describing this experience. 

"About all the work in the convention that was done 
against [Blaine] was done by Cabot Lodge and 
myself... We achieved victory in getting up a combination 
to beat the Blaine nominee for temporary chairman... To 
do this needed a mixture of skill, boldness and energy, 
and we were up all night in arranging our forces so as to 
get the different factions to come together in to line 
together to defeat the common foe." 

Although disappointed by James G. Blaine's nomination, party 
loyalty was the most important cause for Lodge and Roosevelt, and 
both threw their support behind Blaine out of political shrewdness, 
if only reluctantly. More important than political strategy, however, 
was the high hopes for the future of their party that these two loyal 
dissenters held. As a result of their collaboration at the convention, 
both men became convinced that they could change their party 
and their country for the better. Over the next 15 years, Lodge and 
Roosevelt would manage to hoist each other up into influential 
positions in the executive and legislative branches of the national 
government. Then, when the time was right, they set the stage for 
a major conflict with a foreign nation and facilitated America's drift 
towards war and becoming a world power. This was the common 
thread of Lodge and Roosevelt's individual visions of America's 
future: An elevation of the United States to international greatness. 

Freshman Senator 

After their fateful meeting at the 1884 convention, Roosevelt 
and Lodge parted ways for a while, but remained in close contact. 
For the most part, Roosevelt dropped below the radar, occupying 
various low local civil service positions while remaining active 
within the Republican Party. Lodge, on the other hand, was much 
more visible. As a freshman in Congress, Lodge familiarized him- 
self with the rituals of party politics (such as finding loyal support- 
ers jobs). Henry Adams, Lodge's mentor and lifelong friend, was 
also living in Washington at that time, and held frequent dinner and 
breakfast parties, which were attended by Washington's social elite. 
There, Lodge and his wife Nanny met such influential figures as 
British Ambassador Cecil Spring Rice, future Secretary of State 
John Hay, naval historian Alfred Thayer Mahan, and speaker of the 
house Tom Reed. 

When he entered the Congress in 1886, Lodge immediately 
began promoting a more aggressive, "large" foreign policy, arguing 
in favor of such issues as Hawaiian annexation, strengthening of the 
Navy, and taking a firm stand on the Monroe Doctrine. Through 

14 TheArchon m Spring 2006 

these strong positions, Lodge began to attract 
the attention of many influential figures and 
play small parts in issues of foreign relations. 
In 1894, Lodge was finally elected to the U.S. 
Senate, a position he would remain in for well 
over 20 years. Early in 1895, Lodge began a 
series of speeches calling for the expansion of 
United States influence in the world. In par- 
ticular, he led a campaign within Congress to 
annex the Hawaiian islands, which were at 
the time under the control of an insurrection 
led by American property holders against 
Queen Liliuokalani. In an address to 

Congress, Lodge pointed out the islands' 
potential as the last unoccupied foothold for 
an industrialized nation in the Pacific, soon to 
be swallowed up by Great Britain or Japan. 
Stressing the importance of sea power and a 
strong Navy to the well being of the nation, 
Lodge went on to recite the doctrine of 
Alfred Thayer Mahan, author of the famous 
text Hie Influence of Sea Power Upon History. 
"It is the sea power which is essential to the 
greatness of every splendid people" he 
declared. "We are a great people; we control 
this hemisphere; we have too great an inheri- 
tance to be trifled with or parted with. It is 
ours to guard and extend." Lodge argued that 
a strong navy would be needed to contest not 
only England, but emerging nations such as 
Germany and Japan. "We have spent enough 
money building ugly public buildings alone, 
to fit out the greatest navy in the world," he 

Having played a role in several diplo- 
matic crises, Lodge had clearly begun to exert 
authority in US. foreign affairs. More impor- 
tantly, however, Lodge was utilizing his role as 
a public figure to express the expansionist and 
nationalist sentiments he would champion for 
the rest of his political career. By forcing a 
strong stance on international conflicts such 
as the Anglo-Venezuelan boundary dispute, 
Lodge had helped to put Americans into a 
warlike state of mind for the first time since 
the Civil War. The prospect of a war with a 
foreign enemy such as Great Britain brought 
the focus of Americans everywhere away 
from the aftermath of the Civil War once and 
for all, and turned their attention outwards 
towards the seas. 

In order to bring about action, however, 
Lodge would need more than simply the sup- 
port of a few United States senators. In order 
for the United States to assert its authority 
and begin taking steps toward international 

influence, Lodge needed the help of the 
Navy, and in particular he would need an ally. 

In the Navy: Roosevelt's Turn 

After being re-elected in 1888, Lodge 
began to put pressure on the new Republican 
president, Benjamin Harrison, to give his 
friend Theodore Roosevelt a job. Finally, 
with the help of Speaker of the House Tom 
Reed, Lodge was able to land Roosevelt a job 
as Civil Service Commissioner. In 1895, 
Roosevelt moved back to New York as Police 
Commissioner, but not before Lodge had 
broken him into the same Washington social 
circles that he had entered as a new 
Congressman. Eleven years later, in 1896, the 
Republican William McKinley was elected to 
the Presidency. Lodge in turn was one of the 
most distinguished guests at McKinley's, 
house in Canton, Ohio, from which 
McKinley conducted most of his campaign- 
ing. While staying in Canton, Lodge later 
wrote Roosevelt, he mentioned to McKinley, 
"I have no right to ask a personal favor of 
you, but I do ask for Roosevelt as the one 
personal favor." In this brief exchange, Lodge 
refers to the appointment of Theodore 
Roosevelt to Assistant Secretary of the Navy. 
McKinley agreed, and Roosevelt reported for 
duty in Washington on April 19, 1897. 

Roosevelt was received by John D. Long, 
an aging ex-governor of Massachusetts whose 
political friendship with McKinley had 
landed him the job of Secretary of the Navy. 
Long, like McKinley and Secretary of State 
Blaine before him, had been wary of 
Roosevelt's energetic and aggressive charac- 
ter; however, he was glad to have an assistant 
of such competence as Roosevelt. With char- 
acteristic indifference, Long casually observed 
early in 1897 that Roosevelt would "domi- 
nate the department within six months." 

Long's prediction was, to some degree, 
correct. One of Roosevelt's first public 
actions as Assistant Secretary of the Navy was 
a visit to the Naval War College on June 2, 
1897, the highlight of which was a now- 
immortalized speech in which Roosevelt glo- 
rified "the supreme triumphs of war." The 
word "war," as historian Warren Zimmerman 
later pointed out, was in fact repeated an 
amazing sixty-two times over the course of a 
roughly sixty minute address. This speech was 
delivered at a time when the administration 
in power was publicly trying to avoid war 
with Spain, despite popular sentiment. 

Instead of playing the part of a typical subor- 
dinate, Roosevelt did not parrot administra- 
tion policy; rather, he was beginning to push 
the administration's policy in the direction of 
his own inclinations. By taking an overtly 
pro-war stand, Roosevelt took the risk of 
being fired. However, at the same time he 
was appealing to the masses, gathering the 
support of the American people such that to 
fire him would be a bold and unpopular state- 
ment by the McKinley administration. 

In August, Roosevelt was finally repri- 
manded by Secretary Long for speaking for 
the Navy Department out of turn. Long, 
however, then departed on vacation to Bar 
Harbor, Maine, leaving Roosevelt in charge 
of the department for an entire month. The 
decision to leave Roosevelt in charge so soon 
after his act of insubordination either reflects 
Long's poor judgment or his frustration and 
overall indifference to the fate of the Navy 
department. In any case, the absence of his 
levelheaded superior provided Roosevelt 
with the chance to begin preparing for war. 

Roosevelt began by drawing up plans for 
the Navy, mapping out strategies heavily 
influenced by Mahan, and, most importantly, 
ingratiating himself with the President and 
pressing his plans for war upon him. 
September 14, 1897 was a fateful date. The 
two men went for a carriage drive around 
Washington that night, on the President's 
invitation, and over the course of the evening 
Roosevelt outlined his plans and expressed 
his concern for the nation's level of prepared- 
ness. It is difficult to say whether or not 
McKinley truly approved of Roosevelt's war- 
like fervor; however, the advantage of histori- 
cal perspective allows the modern reader to 
draw the conclusion that because he did not 
use his presidential authority to stop him, 
McKinley must have approved of Roosevelt's 
aggressive plans to some degree, if for no 
other reason than their clear foresight. 

Emboldened, Roosevelt began making 
arrangements for the first part of his plan: 
The Philippines. Most of the Pacific fleet of 
the Spanish Navy was anchored at Manila, 
and as a result could be easily located in the 
occasion of war. Roosevelt decided that this 
would be the best place to strike first and he 
selected George Dewey, an enthusiastic 
expansionist, as an ally in this region of the 
world. With Secretary Long still away on 
vacation, Roosevelt enlisted the help of 
Senator Redfield Proctor, who both hailed 

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Photograph of Henry Cabot Lodge by Pirie MacDonald, cl916. Library of Congress Print and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-36185 

TlieArchonG* Spring 2006 15 

The Many Interpretations 
of Mary Rowlandson's 
Captivity Narrative 

By Mackenzie Pelletier '06 

Jlie following is abridged and adapted from a paper written by Mackenzie Pelletier '06 for her Advanced Placement 
U.S. History class and recently named the New England district winner in the national Cum Laude Society 2005 Paper 
Competition. Mackenzie will attend Hamilton College in fall 2006. 

On February 10, 1676, a tribe of 
Nipmuck Indians captured Mary White 
Rowlandson, attacking her isolated home in 
Lancaster, Massachusetts. Before she knew 
what was happening, everything that had 
once been familiar disappeared, and she 
began her 11-week residence with the 
Indians. In 1682, six years after her release 
from captivity, a published account of 
Rowlandson's captivity narrative became a 
sensation in the American colonies and 
England. Entitled The Sovereignty and 
Goodness of God in the colonies and A True 
History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. 
Mary Rowlandson in England, the narrative 
sold over one thousand copies in the first 
year of its publication, a truly incredible 
achievement for a woman writer in that era. 
With the purpose of writing to put the past 
behind her, Rowlandson unwittingly created 
"a foundational work in American litera- 
ture." From its first publication to the pres- 
ent, historians have subjected Rowlandson's 
narrative to close scrutiny, seeking to under- 
stand what her experience of captivity was 
like, what effect it had on Rowlandson, and 
why there was such a fascination in Britain 
and British America with the story that she 

Born in 1636 in England, Mary White 
Rowlandson immigrated to the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1653 with her 
parents, who sought a better life in the 
British colonies. In 1654, she married her 

first husband, Joseph Rowlandson, who 
became the Puritan minister of Lancaster, a 
position that guaranteed his family and him 
a high place in society. Together, they had 
four children, three of whom survived 

After her capture, Rowlandson traveled 
with the Nipmuck Indians for 1 1 weeks 
throughout 'western Massachusetts, never 
settling for too long in one spot. During her 
captivity, Rowlandson was a servant to two 
Indians, Quinnapin and his wife Weetamoo, 
and proved useful to them with her skill at 
sewing and knitting. 

Rowlandson's captivity narrative 
proved popular for many reasons. On one 
level, it was an exciting adventure story. 
Readers were captivated by her experience, 
riveted by her 11 -week journey though the 
wilderness. As the author of the first Indian 
captivity narrative, Rowlandson single- 
handedly started an entirely new craze in 
American literature. People were quick to 
emulate her, and by the mid- 18th century, 
hundreds of Indian captivity narratives had 
been published. 

Another aspect of the narrative's popu- 
larity was the way in which Rowlandson 
described certain events. Rowlandson's elo- 
quence when expressing her feelings in dis- 
couraging situations triggered emotions 
from even the most dispassionate reader. An 
example of one of those remarkable scenes is 
when her daughter Sarah died after just one 

week in captivity, and Rowlandson was hes- 
itant to leave her behind: "I must and could 
lye down by my dead Babe, side by side, all 
the night after." As David Greene said in his 
article "New Light on Mary Rowlandson," 
"her unwillingness to leave her child's body 
is one of the most moving passages in colo- 
nial literature." These descriptions stirred 
intense feelings in her readers, who realized 
that what they were reading was real. As a 
result, they respected Rowlandson for her 
honesty, and her narrative became the most 
popular Indian captivity narrative in history. 

In the years following its first publica- 
tion, Puritan ministers viewed The Sovereignty 
and Goodness of God as a way to spread their 
beliefs, gaining immense support for the 
Puritan religion. These ministers generated 
the traditional view of Rowlandson's narra- 
tive, claiming that Rowlandson was a devout 
Puritan and was saved from the savage 
Indians only because of her unrelenting faith 
in God. They also saw her narrative as a way 
to justify the seizing of Indian land, killing 
Indians in wars, and, more importantly, prov- 
ing once and for all that the Indians were, in 
fact, savage. The traditionalist view, which 
explained Rowlandson's deliverance from 
captivity by heathen savages as a sign of the 
redemptive power of Puritan faith, lasted for 
approximately 200 years. 

Another view of Tlie Sovereignty and 
Goodness of God did not arise until the mid- 
20th century, when researchers of the narra- 

16 TheArthon m Spring 2006 


five began to recognize that the ministers' 
beliefs had been propagandistic and flawed. 
This revisionist view critiqued the tradi- 
tional view, arguing that 17th-century min- 
isters had misinterpreted Rowlandson's nar- 
rative for their own purposes. Not only did 
revisionists claim that the religious aspects of 
the narrative had been blown way out of 
proportion, but also that the Nipmuck 
Indians were not as savage as the ministers 
portrayed them. 

Central to the revisionists' thinking was 
the belief that the Indians never mistreated 
Rowlandson, and that after 11 weeks she 
actually became quite friendly with them. 
Frederick Drimmer wrote one of the first 
critiques of the traditional view in 1961. His 
book pointed out Rowlandson's explicit 
denial of any sexual mistreatment by the 
Nipmucks: "Not one of them ever offered 
the least abuse of unchastity to me in word 
or action." Since her narrative unquestion- 
ably affirmed that she suffered no abuse, the 
revisionists condemned the traditionalists for 
creating lies about the purpose of The 
Sovereignty and Goodness of God to promote 
their own religious interests. 

Revisionists recognized how the tradi- 
tional view manipulated Rowlandson's nar- 
rative to rationalize white settlement on 
Indian land. As Drimmer stated in his book: 

"When serious trouble erupted between the 
white man and the Indian, its cause could 
usually be summed up in a single word: 
Land." Revisionists criticized traditionalists 
for using religion to justify westward expan- 
sion, and realized the suffering that the 
Indians underwent as a result. Another revi- 
sionist view involved the benefits that 
Rowlandson provided for the Nipmucks. 
Rowlandson proved immensely useful to her 
captors by knitting clothes for them, and 
since so few Indians knew how to knit, they 
respected Rowlandson for her seemingly 
strange talent. Rowlandson traded knitted 
items for extra food, money, and tools, some 
of which she offered Quinnapin and 
Weetamoo, earning their favor. This view 
strongly challenged the ministers' belief that 
Rowlandson lived in constant fear of the 
Indians, and that the Indians mistreated and 
degraded her. Also, it created the image that 
Rowlandson was strong, courageous, and 
able to survive in the wilderness on her own 

Due to her bravery and optimism dur- 
ing captivity, Rowlandson was labeled as an 
early feminist heroine by many revisionists, 
including Deborah Dietrich, Lisa Logan, and 
Neal Salisbury. In a 1995 journal article, 
Dietrich contended that Rowlandson "does 
not return to her position as the silent min- 

ister's wife." During her 11-week residence 
with the Nipmucks, Rowlandson had taken 
on new responsibilities, ones that were not 
expected of a proper Puritan housewife. 
Captivity transformed Rowlandson into a 
self-supporting feminist, the revisionist writ- 
ers claimed, and as a result she risked being 
ostracized by the Puritan community. 

As Logan pointed out in her 1993 arti- 
cle "Mary Rowlandson's" Captivity and the 
'place' of the Woman Subject," women were 
discouraged to write in the 17th century 
simply because it was not their place. 
Women were assumed to be inferior to men, 
and were therefore deemed incapable of 
writing coherently. Rowlandson, however, 
proved those critics wrong when she pub- 
lished her incredibly successful narrative, and 
opened the door for other women to follow 
in her footsteps. In an article published in 
2000, Neal Salisbury asserted that 
Rowlandson "transcended some of the lim- 
its imposed on New England white women's 
participation in public discourse and 
assumed a position of spiritual and political 

In addition to claiming that 
Rowlandson was an early feminist, revision- 
ists insisted that she appreciated the Indian 
way of life and treated the Nipmucks with 
respect. Revisionists averred that, as time 

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continued on page 18 
The Archon ^> Spring 2006 1 7 

went by, Rowlandson began to see her 
captors as people, and not merely as beasts 
of the wilderness. Jules Zanger argued in 
a 1995 journal article that Puritan minis- 
ters failed to recognize the kind, gentle 
ways with which Indians treated each 
other. Why would evil people "carry 
their old mothers and the ill on their 
backs to safety," Zanger asked. Ministers 
disregarded this compassionate side of the 
Indians' nature and culture, and used only 
what would best support their case, revi- 
sionists claimed, even if it meant distort- 
ing Rowlandson's account of her experi- 
ence. They refused to acknowledge that 
the Indians treated Rowlandson kindly, 
and instead only focused on the negative 
aspects of her captivity, leading to a seri- 
ous misunderstanding of her narrative. 

Perhaps the most controversial argu- 
ment of the revisionist view was that 
Rowlandson did not actually write The 
Sovereignty and Goodness of God. Many 
revisionists, including Kathryn 

Derounian, believed that she received 
help from her husband, before his death in 
1678, and Increase Mather, both of whom 
were prominent Puritan leaders of the 
time. Derounian recognized a stylistic 
duality in Rowlandson's writing which 
she contended must have resulted from 
the fact that The Sovereignty and Goodness 
of God was not entirely in her own words. 

An example appears near the begin- 
ning of her narrative, when she refuses to 
smoke tobacco. "For though I had for- 
merly used Tobacco... I had left it ever 
since I was first taken. It seems to be a Bait 
the Devil layes to make men lose their precious 
time." In the first sentence, Rowlandson 
simply objected to smoking tobacco, even 
though she usually smoked it in the past. 
The second sentence, in italics, suggests to 
revisionists that Rowlandson might not 
have written her narrative entirely by her- 
self. This type of duality appears in 
numerous places in her narrative. 

Recently, a post-revisionist third 
view on The Sovereignty and Goodness of 
God has appeared, making assertions that 
are not as extreme as those made by the 
traditionalists or revisionists. According to 
this viewpoint, Rowlandson wrote her 
narrative entirely unaided, and used itali- 
cized theological language to validate her 
narrative in the hearts and minds of her 
Puritan readers. 

Post-revisionists also analyzed how 
the issue of abuse could be blown out of 
proportion so radically. Derounian 
offered the explanation that literacy rates 
were extremely low in the 17th and 18th 
centuries. At the time of the narrative's 
publication, only 50 percent of men and 
25 percent of women could read. 
Therefore, most people relied upon the 
literate members of society to explain the 
story to them, and were willing to accept 
that Rowlandson was raped. 
Coincidentally, the literate constituents 
consisted of ministers and other high- 
ranking officials, all of whom desired to 
advocate their own personal interests even 
if it meant lying and manipulating 
Rowlandson's narrative. Derounian rec- 
ognized both the gullibility of 17-century 
readers and the exploitations that minis- 
ters made, even when the narrative pro- 
vided unmistakable proof that she was, in 
fact, not at all harmed during her 11- 
week captivity. 

Another post-revisionist view 
asserted that Rowlandson was not the 
brave fighter that the revisionists had por- 
trayed her to be, but instead an ordinary 
Puritan housewife. Historian Melvin 
Thorne, in his article entitled "Fainters 
and Fighters: Images of Women in the 
Indian Captivity Narratives," classified 
Rowlandson as a "fainter" who was weak- 
willed and cowardly. He asserted that in 
persuading another captive, a pregnant 
woman, to rest where she was, instead of 
attempting to escape, Rowlandson actu- 
ally contributed to the woman's death. 
He speculated that if the woman had tried 
to escape, in accordance with her original 
intentions, she would have had a better 
chance of survival. Thorne argued that 
since Rowlandson was "willing to wait" 
to be released, she was feeble and timid in 
her relations with the Nipmucks. 

Since its initial publication, 
Rowlandson's narrative has undergone 
serious scrutiny from ministers and histo- 
rians alike, all offering their own views on 
the writer's character, the legitimacy of 
her experience, and the extent to which 
she has been misunderstood. When Mary 
Rowlandson was abducted from her small 
Lancaster home in 1676, she had no idea 
of the impact that her story would have 
on American history. B 

Belligerent Brahmins continued from page 15 

from Dewey's home state ofVermont and was 
a close friend of the President, to get Dewey 
appointed as the commander of the Asiatic 

Within six months, Theodore Roosevelt 
managed to bypass his superior in the Navy 
department and amass behind himself the 
support of the pro-war American public, the 
unofficial support of the President McKinley, 
and the gratitude of the chief commander of 
the Asiatic squadron of the Navy. These 
forces, when added to the coalition of 
Senators (headed by none other than Senator 
Henry Cabot Lodge) who were in favor of 
expansion and war with Spain, formed a 
powerful bloc of influence in Washington, the 
reach of which was about to be seen by the 


The Spanish-American war would vir- 
tually overnight transform America into a 
world power, a force to be reckoned with in 
the arena of international affairs. This would 
be Lodge's and Roosevelt's contribution to 
the shaping of modern America: Bringing an 
isolationist, introspective society out of a cen- 
tury dominated by its focus on domestic 
issues and bloody past, and into a new cen- 
tury in which it would play an aggressive, far- 
reaching role in world issues. Both men 
would remain active in American and world 
politics well into the early twentieth century, 
one ranking as a veteran Republican Senator 
and the other no less than President of the 
United States. 

With common interests in the future 
glory of the American republic, Henry Cabot 
Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt represented a 
truly dynamic duo. Lodge represented the 
ability and the interest in international affairs 
to provide bureaucratic leadership, steering 
the country through the stormy seas of 
domestic politics and into a more active 
international position of power. Roosevelt, 
on the other hand, represented the action and 
effectiveness that would later complement 
the theory and facilitation provided by 
Lodge. By working together, Lodge and 
Roosevelt successfully pulled the country out 
of its post-Civil War isolationism and lead the 
charge into what would be known in years to 
come as the American Century. B 

18 IlirArchon — Spring 200* 

Making GDA a Family Affair 

Tlie children of 21 alumni are currently students at the 
Academy. We decided to ask a few of them their thoughts and 
feelings about being a parent and an alumnus. Any other 
alumni who would like to share their perspectives are invited to 
write to the editor, We'll be happy to share 
their thoughts in an upcoming issue of The Archon. 

Allison McElroy Quinttus '77, Pleasantville, NY, mother of Sarah Quinttus '08: 

"Why boarding school? My daughter Sarah attended an out- 
standing public school in Westchester, New York for seven years, 
and then spent two years at a private Catholic school. She had 
wonderfully successful experiences at both, but she was looking for 
something different. During the high school selection process, I 
did not encourage or discourage her decision making process. I 
simply asked her to be very thoughtful, to try to best identify those 
aspects of academic and social concern that were important to her. 
She had heard many stories from my GDA days, as well as those of 
my siblings ('74, '76), had visited campus occasionally for alumni 
events, and was exposed to the wonderful friendships my siblings 
and I have maintained over the years from our time at GDA. 

Sarah was looking for a real solid community for her high 
school experience. The GDA students and faculty exuded that 
sense of community even at her first visit. It was astounding that 
several faculty were still teaching at GDA from when I was a stu- 
dent and came to greet both of us in the Cobb Room when we 
visited the school. It was fun for Sarah to listen as we reminisced 
and to hear them inquire about all of the members of my family 
and my friends from GDA. 

As we toured the campus, it did not feel at all like 28 years 
had passed since I graduated. The buildings, campus and the feel 
were so familiar, but even better. The new Student Center, the 
expanded athletics facility, the new library and the math and sci- 
ence center, Nannie B., all blended in with the school grounds 
beautifully. They had updated the school without detracting from 
the character of the school which was important to me as a student. 

Some of my favorite memories at the school were in the din- 
ing hall. As a day student, I probably spent more time on campus 
than many boarders. At that time, there was a clear sense of sepa- 
ration between day and boarding students, but I was determined to 
be included in the boarding side of that equation. I am thrilled that 
the day students are now incorporated into the boarding life at 
GDA. Our student center at that time was the adjunct room off 
the dining hall, the Cobb Room, or the Noyes smoking building. 
This past fall, as I visited Sarah's teachers for conferences, I could 
not find her math teacher. He was in the Noyes building. When I 
finally found it, after having missed my appointment, I thought, if 
only someone had told me it was the old smoking building, I 
would have known exactly where to go! 

I took full advantage of every extra curricular activity that was 
available to me, whether it was athletics, drama, Red Key, photog- 
raphy, community service, yearbook. Now I encourage Sarah to 
get involved in whatever interests her. It is all available at GDA, I 
tell her, and every faculty member is passionate in his or her field 
of study That presents wonderful learning and exposure opportu- 
nities that may not occur in college or even later. 

Early in Sarah's freshman year, she would describe how much 
she liked GDA, how amazing it was to her that everyone •was so 
friendly and that no one would even think of walking past some- 
one without saying hello. As simple as it all may sound, I knew 
exactly what she was feeling and was so happy for her." 

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Jim Pierce '72, Hinsdale, Illinois, father of Ellen Pierce '08: 

"My daughter, Ellen, came to GDA as a sophomore. I want her to 
experience the community at the school. It is my view that GDA offers 
an environment that is oriented towards participation and community. 
It is a place where a young person can flourish and succeed, can learn 
and form wonderful friendships. Those friendships for me were 
great... stronger even than my college relationships. 

When I see Ellen on campus, all my memories come flooding back 
to me. Sure, a lot has changed. Frost isn't the library anymore, but I 
remember what it's like to walk through it. The gym is the same. 
Walking into Phillips, into the dining area, the sounds are the same. That 
really struck me. The sounds are the same. It didn't feel like I'd been 
gone. A guy like Mike Moonves adds continuity. I proctored for him. 
We have become good friends. We have a golf game every summer. His 
first year was my first year. The opportunity to have a relationship like 
that is what you can get from a place like GDA. 

Although Ellen is away from home, what makes it worth it is that 
she's happy. She's made friends. I think the boarding school experience 
creates a level of independence and self-reliance in a person that will be 
something she can rely on in situations later in life. It breeds self-confi- 
dence. That's because of a lot of things — being away from home, being 
in a participatory environment, being in a community-oriented envi- 
ronment, being in an environment where you are asked to engage in 
activities that are aimed at people less fortunate than you. That all cre- 
ates a pretty balanced experience. 

Being able to accomplish stuff on your own away from your par- 
ents is the best thing for the child. It's harder on the parents than the 
child. I'm proud of Ellen to be at GDA!" 

Paetai Maneepairoj '74, Bangkok, Thailand, father of Kanin '07 and Mintra Maneepairoj '08: 

"I have always felt grateful to GDA for accepting me in 1973, even just for my senior year. I told myself countless 
times that it would have been much better if I would have applied three years earlier as a freshman. I am making my wish 
come true with my children. 

I am glad to have two of my children at GDA now. Next fall my youngest will join his brother and sister on this same 
path. I love GDA because of its friendly and supportive community with excellent education. I still remember vividly how 
hard I struggled with my senior English class at that time. It was beyond my English ability. I was really happy to pass the 
class! My children will be in a better situation than I because they started as freshmen. 

I would like them to be prepared for the world with a strong academic background as well as a sense of good citi- 
zenship. I strongly believe that GDA is the right place to get them ready for the world." 

John Clayman '71, Beverly Farms, MA, father of Jack '07 and Annie '08: 

"I find myself often overcome with emotion and memories from 
my years at GDA 1967-71. When I first arrived at GDA, I recall being 
in awe of my Moody House senior proctors Mark Tucker and Bert 
"Boom-Boom" Benjamin, both of whom were two-sport captains. 
They kept us freshmen in line and taught us to respect our elders! 
While school was at first a struggle, our dorm master Ash Eames 
offered encouragement that helped us to confidently approach our 
studies and activities. 

During the next four years I watched myself and most of my 
classmates mature into young men. I say most because it was the tur- 
bulent sixties and, despite the best efforts of the faculty, some of my 
classmates fell through the cracks. The good news is that most even- 
tually recovered to become leaders in various fields. 

Upon my return to GDA, I wonder at the devoted faculty mem- 
bers that had such a positive influence on my life. Men like Bill 
Sperry, Heb Evans, Marshall Clunie, John Ogden, Buster Navins, and 
so many others. Above all, our Headmaster ValWilkie was an amazing 
leader and I was gratified to have the opportunity to attend his 80th 
birthday celebration at GDA two years ago. 

And yet, my connection to the past has been maintained with 
Dick Leavitt, Mike Moonves, and Dave Gosse still on campus. 

Who will be the men and women at GDA who shape our chil- 
dren's lives? Now that Jack and Annie are a junior and a sophomore, 
respectively, it's reassuring that the next generation of extraordinary 
mentors are on campus. 

Today's students enjoy the benefits of a much improved physical 
plant and yet GDA's campus still retains the same comfortable, 
friendly atmosphere. So much has changed: coeducation, no more 
jackets and ties for class, no mandatory Sunday chapel wearing dark 
banker's suits, and a more liberal weekend policy. Our children are 
refining their abilities to think and write analytically and they are 
developing a better appreciation for their opportunities now and in 
the future. 

My closest friends remain those from GDA and I am grateful for 
the lifetime friendships that Jack and Annie are developing. But above 
all when I reflect on GDA, it is with pride for my accomplishments 
and growth after four years of hard work, pride in my school, and 
pride that our children are part of the GDA community." 

TlieArchon » Spring 2006 21 

Hold That 

David Harris, former pilot and member of World War lis 
famed Flying Tigers, keeps GDA on his mind and in his heart. 

By Rowann Gilnian 

Ask 88-year old David Harris, class of '36, what advice he has for today's 
GDA students and without missing a beat he'll tell you: "You can have a full life 
even if you're not a genius. My grades were average. I quit Amherst thinking I'd 
learn more working. I think I did. One of the things I learned is that we should- 
n't do things just to impress people. Do them because they're right." That wis- 
dom has served Harris well. 

Right is clearly something Harris knows about. It was 1941 when one of 
retired U.S. Air Corps Major Claire Chenault's staff came knocking on the door 
of the apartment where Harris and eight of his 33rd Pursuit Squadron pals were 
rooming. Chenault was rounding up recruits for a newly formed AVG (American 
Volunteer Group) to help the Chinese government protect the Burma Road — 
the only ground route to China for food and military supplies — from Japanese 
attack. The group, about 100 pilots and twice as many ground crew, became 
known as The Flying Tigers. (One look at the sharp-toothed creatures painted on 
the aircrafts' fuselages tells why.) Flying rejected planes with no replacement parts 
available, this astonishing fighting group w r ent on to score a mammoth victory 
over the Japanese with tew losses. 

*'We were at Mitchell Field in New York," Harris remembers. "The job was 
to help the Chinese hold off the Japanese invasion viiile acting as employees of 
the Chinese army." As Chenault's staff explained, "We were to protect the Burma 
Road from Rangoon up into the hills and keep it open. It was the only supply 
line for imports to the Chinese, and the Japanese w-ere after it. The problem was 
that as an American, working in another air force could cost you your citizenship. 
That's how it became a volunteer group. In order to get our passports, we were 
asked what we did before we got our visas. I put dowTi that I had been a sales- 
man. Another said he'd been an acrobat, and another a farmer. But most of us 
had been Navy and Marine pilots — we became a very cohesive group." 

In 1940 and 1941, Harris flew the P-40 and this qualified him to fly the P- 
40Bs, the airplane with which the AVG was equipped. "They had me wait while 
the other recruits were trained and ready to transition to our planes. I was made 
Chenault's adjutant. In training the new pilots, unused to the P40Bs, too many 
accidents cut dowTi our available 'ready' for combat. I became the liaison at Loi 
Wing, the Chinese aircraft factory right across the river from Burma, where our 
damaged planes were trucked to be repaired with scavenged parts." 

By the end (the AVG was disbanded on July 4, 1942). the Flying Tigers lost 
about 24 out of 100 pilots and downed more than 200 Japanese planes, all with 
aircraft pieced together, with Harris's expertise, like patchwork quilts. It remains 
an impressive record achieved against almost impossible odds. In April, 1942, 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote of the AVG: "The outstanding gallantry and 
conspicuous daring that the American Volunteer Group combined with their 
unbelievable efficiency is a source of tremendous pride throughout the whole of 
America. The fact that they have labored under the shortages and difficulties is 
keenly appreciated..." 

Harris is still in touch with the Flying Tigers. "We try to meet at least once 
a year," he says. "The last time was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We came from all 

22 TlieArchon •" Spring 2006 

over the country. The group has a small cash reserve. When we have 
enough money in the till, we get together. With all the families, we 
fill up a ballroom." One Tiger who doesn't return is Peter Atkinson, 
for whom Harris' son is named. Atkinson was always challenging 
himself, according to Harris, acting much the daredevil on occasion. 
"I think he felt inferior in some ways," Harris recalls with affection. 
"He had to prove to himself that he could keep up with anybody. 
One day we heard that someone had dived a P-40 at 500 miles an 
hour. I thought it was a challenge for him. He wanted to see if he 
could beat that. We all heard the explosion. The plane came apart 
and killed him. He was a great guy. He always wanted to do for 
other people. I named my eldest son after him. He's a good guy too." 

When Harris returned to the States, he went to work as a pro- 
duction/test pilot for Republic and then went on to become an 
experimental pilot for Grumman. His job was to test the modifica- 
tions made to improve the F8F "Bearcat," the newest Grumman 
fighter. "It involved testing the airplane's performance and evaluat- 
ing its modifications. Sometimes the tests were to note the per- 
formance before a modification and weigh whatever 'improvements' 
we could make. It was important to put the planes at the edge of 
their limits. It was these tests that produced the results and allowed 
us to weigh the necessary and sensible solutions." 

These days, Harris is retired from the family flour milling busi- 
ness, but remains an investor in a restoration company that custom 
paints and refurbishes private executive planes. He's proud that the 
company employs several dozen immigrant workers who send most 
of their paychecks home to relatives in South America. "We affect 
almost 50 fives and that's nice thing to do," he says modestly. In 1997, 
he completed the construction of a four-person canard airplane 
which he sold last year. And, at 88, although he's stopped sailing and 
let his pilot's license expire, he plans to renew the license and become 
airborne again once his eyes recover from cataract surgery. "I'd like 
to be flying again," he says, "but I need to be sensible about it." 

What of his lasting memories of the Academy? "It was a won- 
derful place," he says. "I remember especially Tom Mercer, such 
a wonderful teacher. He was one of the highlights of the 

Rowauu Gilman is a free-lance writer living in New York City. 

school." Harris still remembers Shakespeare's Sonnet #29 which he 
memorized in Mercer's class. He says the words still help him when 
he's down. 

When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes, 

I all alone beweep my outcast state, 

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, 

And look upon myself, and curse my fate 

Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, 

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed, 

Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope, 

With what I most enjoy contented least, 

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, 

Haply I think on thee, and then my state, 

Like to the lark at break of day arising 

From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate 

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings, 

That then I scorn to change my state with kings. 

David Harris and his plane Velocity 

To learn more about The Flying Tigers, visit 
their website at 

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'0HV 6 



Parsons 1905 

The 100-year-old cupola and portico 
with Doric columns, the square cor- 
ner piece detail on the upper story 
of Parsons Schoolhouse, all typical of the 
Greek Revival style popular in early 
American architecture, seem almost dwarfed 
today by the larger new buildings on cam- 
pus. As students rush by to get to class — or 
get out of class — the beauty of this edifice 
that served as the third — and fourth — 
schoolhouse for the Academy often gets 
overlooked. Its creation, however, was quite 
the news of the day in 1905. 

Third or Fourth Schoolhouse? 

Its designation as the third — and fourth — 
Academy schoolhouse first bears some 
explanation. When Mr. Samuel Adams 
accepted the role of Preceptor (Headmaster 
in today's lingo) in 1819, he did so on con- 
dition that suitable repair and improvement 
be made to campus buildings. The board 
agreed and work commenced. The largest 
project was the building of a new school- 
house to replace Fleak House which 
had replaced the original Little Red 

Schoolhouse. The new building was placed 
in the center of the Mansion House lawn, 
with the bell tower facing the road. Over the 
years, the building was moved seven times 
and burned to the ground at least three. 

What was built in 1905 was considered a 
reconstruction of the two-story building 
with bell tower that had originally been 
on the Mansion House lawn. As the 
Newburyport News reported on March 14, 
1905, "A part of the present building will, 
however, be incorporated into the new for 
sentiment's sake." A full description of the 
building by the architect, Charles Hardy Ely 
appeared in the June 13, 1905 issue of the 
Newburyport News: "The new building 
incorporates all of the old structure except 
the tower, the east and west walls being 
extended at the north end embodying the 
space occupied by the tower and three free 
in addition... A portion of the sides of the 
old building were removed and two ells con- 
structed to obtain the necessary space for the 
recitation rooms." Thus, the reader can 
understand how Parsons is the third - and 
fourth - schoolhouse for the Academy. 


Work began in early spring of 1905 with the 
plan to be ready for students when they 
returned for fall semester. The plans called 
for the first floor to contain the aforemen- 
tioned "four recitation rooms" with desks 
and chairs in each for 15 students. The sec- 
ond floor was designed to hold an assembly 
hall 42 feet by 25 feet, with desks for 60, a 
raised platform in front for an instructor and 
a small alcove in the rear to be used as a ref- 
erence room, "so placed that the master may 
have full supervision of this room from his 
desk in the assembly hall," architect Ely said. 
In the basement, the Newburyport News 
further reported on April 22, 1905, "will be 
the laboratory furnished in up-to-date style 
with first-class implements. From the labora- 
tory will be doors leading to one or more 
smaller rooms which will be used as work 
rooms in connection with the work of the 
scientific department. The basement will also 
contain the furnace room. The foundation 
will be of field stone." 

Architect Ely seemed excited about the 

24 TlieAnhon •» Spring 2006 

Mrs. Susan E.B. Forbes, great granddaughter to Rev. 
Moses Parsons 

Third Schoolhouse 

method of building employed. "The con- 
struction of the frame building is entirely 
different from that employed today," he 
wrote to Lombard in June 1905." The walls 
are formed of a series of heavy, hewn posts 
set midway between the windows with layer 
posts at the corners... The outside of the 
building is covered with clapboards nailed to 
the boarding spaced closely together at the 
bottom and gradually increasing in width 
until the roof is reached. The reason for 
doing this is rather interesting. The Greeks 
were the first builders who studied perspec- 
tive and optical delusion [sic]... This varied 
spacing of external material" was employed 
to "correct the perspective so that, as [one] 
looked at the facade of a building from a cer- 
tain point, all the horizontal stone courses 
would appear to be of exactly the same 


The cornerstone for Parsons, cut in with the 
year "1905" and contributed by Mrs. M. E. 
Guthrie, was laid during Commencement 
Exercises on June 12, 1905. Until then, the 
name of the donor was a mystery to all but 
Mr. Lombard and the woman herself. As The 
Newburyport Morning Herald reported, "At 
12:30 p.m. the services of lying of the corner 
stone of the Parson school began. Principal 
W. D. Sprague presided. Prayer was offered 
by the Rev. John L. Elwell, D.D., dean of 
Howard University, Washington, D.C. This 
was followed by an address by a young 
Theophilus Parsons of New York, descen- 
dent of Moses. The services of laying of the 
cornerstone were held in the presence of 

Mrs. Susan E. B. Forbes of Fatherland Farm 
who gave the building in memory of her 
great grandfather, Rev. Moses Parsons, who 
was the pastor [of Byfield Parish Church] 
and friend of Governor Dummer. After the 
stone was laid the trowel with which the 
stone was laid was presented to Mrs. Forbes." 

Though it is not explained whether he 
was on campus to attend Commencement 
or the laying of the cornerstone, Hon. 
Curtis Guild, Lieutenant Governor of 
Massachusetts made an appearance. The 
paper reported that when he walked down 
the aisle to take his seat, after missing his 
train and hiring a private driver, "cheer after 
cheer rent the air, followed by the academy 
yell." Indeed, Guild held the same post as 
had the founder of the Academy, Lt. Gov. 
William Dummer. 

What is also noted in the paper is that Mrs. 
Forbes' grandfather, son of Rev. Moses 
Parsons, was the first Theophilus Parsons, an 
alumnus of the Academy who later became 
the leading author of the Massachusetts 
Constitution of 1780, a Chief Justice of the 
Massachusetts Supreme Court, and an 
author of the Bill of Rights. 


Though the cornerstone was laid at 
Commencement in June 1905, the dedica- 
tion was not until October of the same year. 
The Daily Republican of Springfield, 
Massachusetts noted the occasion in its 
October 1 issue. "Mrs. S. B. Forbes, formerly 
of this city who had now for some years 

made her home at her country home in 
Byfield, had just completed a new school- 
house for Dummer Academy in that town 
which is claimed to be the oldest institution 
of its kind in America. The building will be 
dedicated at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, 
Senator Lodge and Dr. Perrin of Boston 
University being the speakers with Prof. 
James H. Ropes of Harvard Divinity School, 
president of the board of Trustees, as presid- 
ing officer." At the time of the dedication, 
school has just opened for the 143rd year, 
with 30 pupils enrolled. 

According to the Newburyport News, "one 
of the most beautiful autumn days it was, the 
•weather especially during the hours of the 
exercises being sunny, and the temperature 
delightful." After introductions and prayer, 
Mrs. Forbes addressed the congregation of 
dignitaries, including the mayors of Salem 
and Beverly, and the school community. "It is 
the earnest wish of my heart on this inter- 
esting occasion to express most cordial 
thanks to all persons of any station whatever 
in life who have in any manner contributed 
toward the completion, furnishing or embel- 
lishment of the handsome and commodious 
structure we have this day met to dedicate to 
the cause of education." She soon, with 
"unbounded pleasure," placed the keys to the 
building in Prof. Ropes' hands, noting that 
the building was a memorial to Rev. Parsons, 
"the long-time pastor and warm friend of 
Lieut.-Governor Wm. Dummer, who was 
deeply interested in the establishment of the 
school in accordance with the will of its 
founder" and "instrumental in securing the 
services of its first principal, the famous 

continued on page 26 

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Parsons in the 1940s 

from the Archives continued from page 25 

'Master Moody'." She closed by saying, 
"Wishing centuries more of life, with ever 
increasing success for old Dummer Academy, 
I remain its staunch, unfailing friend until 
'death do us part'." 

Senator Henry Cabot Lodge next addressed 
the group. "Few nobler things appear in the 
history of Massachusetts than the establish- 
ment of schools by the early settlers on its 
shores," he said. "There are few nobler things 
which the school and academy has, and that 
is that the traditions of a distinguished past, 
now lengthening into its second century," he 
continued. "It is only by the education of the 
people that we can hope to make this great 
republic live and prosper. If we could not 
rely on the education I fear the future would 
look black. It is through education that men 
must learn of the past and get the standards 
for the future. I charge you to cherish this 
unimpaired history and work not with 
wealth as the main incentive but the eleva- 
tion of humanity through a high type of 
intelligence and character." 

After the dedication, visitors were invited to 
tour the building and view rooms furnished 
by and named for various prominent families 
such as the Lowells and the Longfellows. 
The first recitation room was furnished by 
Mrs. James Murray Kay of Brookline and her 
family, and named the Rawson Room in 
honor of Mr. Edward Rawson of Newbury, 
first secretary of the Massachusetts Bay 
Colony. The library, furnished by Miss Emily 
Malbone Morgan of Hartford, was named 
The Judge Byfield Library in honor of 

Morgan's ancestor. Under "certain restric- 
tions," the room was to be open to all in 
Byfield Parish as a reference room. 

Recent History 

And so the Parsons Schoolhouse began its 
second life as the center of academic life at 
the Academy. Two major renovations have 
since added to the building's history. On 
January 24, 1940, Parsons was badly gutted 
by flames. The fire, discovered by a group of 
boys studying in one of the classrooms, was 
attributed to a defective chimney. "The com- 
bined efforts of the Newburyport, Rowley 
and Byfield fire departments were necessary 
to bring the flames under control after a 
two-hour battle." Their work, according to 
The Archon of February 10, 1940, was made 
more difficult by the cold weather which 
caused the water to freeze as soon as it hit 
the building. "Water was obtained from the 
two hockey ponds and from the water tower, 
and until well after 11 o'clock more than 
3000 gallons a minute were being poured in 
the ruins." The whole top floor was 
destroyed, as was the first floor science class- 
room, and the other first floor rooms were 
badly damaged by water, all necessitating an 
extensive rebuilding. 

Twenty-four years later, in 1964, renovations 
were made to accommodate new needs. 
Nine classrooms as well as a language library 
and laboratory were added, as were a large 
study hall, an exhibition room and specially 
designed rooms for the Camera Club. And, 
in 1996, a round stained glass window was 

added as a gift from the graduating class. 
Most recently, in 2004, the cupola and bell 
atop Parsons were removed when a leakage 
problem was discovered. Interestingly, the 
inscription on the bell reads, "Blake Bell 
Company 1892," so the bell probably graced 
the top of Parsons in the building's first 
incarnation on the Mansion House lawn. 
The bell foundry, no longer in operation, 
was first named Boston Copper Company 
when it was established in 1823, and subse- 
quently operated under the names Henry N. 
Hooper and Co., William Blake and Co., and 
finally Blake Bell Co. Bells for many build- 
ings in the New England region came from 
this company. The plan is to return the 
cupola and bell to their home this spring, 
and there is some talk of rebuilding parts of 
the cupola's original features evident in the 
old pictures. 

Today, 100 years after the second incarnation 
of Parsons, the building houses all foreign 
language classes, the Milestone office, and 
computer art classes. Some cosmetic changes 
and renovations to bathrooms were made 
just this year. Who knows what might be 
next for this building with its rich past so 
intertwined with the history of the 
Academy? — JK 

This article was based on extensive research 
completed by Kate Pinkham, manager of the 
GDA archives. For more information about 
Parsons Schoolhouse, contact Pinkham at or 978-499-3340. 

?/> The Archon *•• Spring 2006 

Caro Scores on All Fronts 

Cam Archibald '06 






"I am motivated by the people here. My 
teammates are always there to support me and 
help me work harder. I also play for fun and to 
stay in shape," says Nick Caro, who has been an 
outstanding student, accomplished athlete, and 
respected leader since he arrived at Governor 
Dummer as a freshman four years ago. As a sen- 
ior from Andover, Massachusetts, Nick is the cap- 
tain of the varsity football, basketball, and baseball 
teams. He has led his teams to many victories and 
winning seasons and looks forward to continuing 
to play football and baseball at WilHams College 
next fall. 

Sports have always been an important part of 
Nick's life. He began playing baseball in pre- 
school and continued through elementary 
school, adding football and track to his schedule 
at Andover Middle School. Andover was impor- 
tant in helping him prepare and build basic skills 
and techniques for GDA sports, Nick contends. 
His family supported him through his athletic 
beginnings, without overly pressuring him. He is 
quick to say that his father, who also played base- 
ball, basketball, and football in high school, 
has been his greatest influence and the greatest 
source of help in his life. 

"GDA sports have been really great for help- 
ing me get ready for college programs. In football 
we were coached by Hall-of-Famer John 
Hannah," Nick says. "Coach Bynum was a 
Division 1 linebacker. Coach Gerry played in 
college, has a lot of good experience, and knows 
a lot about the game. Mr. Markey is a great base- 
ball coach, too." 

This year, Nick helped lead the varsity foot- 
ball team to a 5-3 season playing receiver and 
safety. The 2004 team boasted a 7-1-1 record 
with the only loss coming in the New England 
Championships by one point. Last year the team 
was captained by Brian Morrissey '05 and Raul 
Cruz '05, both of whom also attend Williams 
College. "My proudest moment would have to 
be two years ago when we won the ISL and the 
New England championships," Nick says of the 
undefeated 2003 season. 

Playing forward, Nick is always one of the 
top scorers on the varsity boys basketball team, 
which he captained this year with Andrew Sillari 
'06. Nick was the top ISL three-point shooter at 
60 percent. 

Nick plays starting catcher on the varsity 
baseball team, which ended the 2005 season with 
a 9-7 record. Nick won ISL "Rookie of the 
Year" during his freshman season, beginning his 
GDA baseball career positively. This year he will 
co-captain the team with Jyovani Joubert. 

Although he always enjoys and anticipates 
games, Nick says, "I'm not really into pre-game 
superstitions because you feel like if you break 
them, you're automatically going to fail. I usually 
just do a little running and catching before games 
so that I'm ready to play." As for advice he would 
give to incoming athletes, Nick says, "When 
you're young, you shouldn't get too down if you 
don't make the team on your first try. Keep prac- 
ticing and trying and you'll probably be able to 
make it in the future if you focus and don't get 
too upset." 

Nick also enjoys watching professional and 
college football. He loves the New England 
Patriots and Notre Dame, counting Jerry Rice as 
his favorite receiver. In baseball, he favors Detroit 
Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, from whom he 
likes to borrow techniques. 

Although most of his athletic endeavors have 
been successful, Nick recalls one gaffe. "My most 
embarrassing moment was playing Little League 
baseball when I struck out and hit myself as I was 
swinging. Striking out was bad enough and hit- 
ting myself just added insult to injury." 

Nick is known for his achievements off the 
field as well. He is a High Honors student and is 
a proctor in Perkins Dormitory. He's looking 
forward to settling in and playing ball in 
Williamstown next year, though he's not yet sure 
of an academic major or career path. He knows, 
however, that he always wants to stay involved 
with athletics, probably by coaching in addition 
to his "day" job. 

There's no doubt that Nick Caro's GDA ath- 
letic and academic career has been filled with 
accomplishment. As he puts it, through sports he 
has learned "hard work, perseverance, teamwork, 
all of which I can apply to school and my life." 

Cameron Archibald is co-editor of GDA's 
student newspaper, Tlie Governor. She will 
attend Tufts University. 

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JV Girls Basketball 

Season Record: 5-11 

Of Note: Tfie record of this year's JV girls basketball team does not tell the full story of their effort and 
improvement throughout the season. Four of the Govs' losses were by three points or less. For most of the 
other games, the Govs were able to get good looks at the basket but their shots didn't fall. Regardless of the 
record, each girl on the team, and the managers too, hustled whenever they were called upon. 

— Ray Long, Coach 

Varsity Girls Basketball 

Season Record: 12-9 

MVP: Emilie Arthur 

Coaches Award: Katherine Goodwin 

Other Achievements: Scoring leader was Katherine Goodwin who averaged 16.6 

points per game. Katherine was selected as an All-Star player in the New England Prep 

School Athletic Conference and as an All-Star for the Tabor Holiday Tournament, where 

the team earned a trophy for being the runner-up team. Rebounding leader for GDA 

was Emilie Arthur as she averaged 4.8 rebounds per game. Katherine also led the team 

in three-point shooting average with an average of 35 percent. Our free throw shooting 

leader was Meghan Griesbach with an 86 percent shooting average. As The Archon went 

to press, the team was getting ready to participate in the NEPSAC tournament. 

Of Note: This group played very good defense throughout the season as only two teams scored in the 50s 
against us all season. One might say that our three one-point losses during the season were highlights as 
the team was able to fight back in each of those games after being down by many points in each instance. 

— Ike Suggs, Coach 

JV Boys Basketball 

Season Record: 5-11 

MVP: Thomas Adams-Wall 
M IP: Travis Ferland 

Coaches Award: Ted Durkin 

Of Note: Though the JV boys finished with a losing record, there were only two games all season that 
were not close in the final minutes. Many of the players on the team made significant improvements during 
the season, and the team worked together well as a group. The highlight was a February game against 
Brooks in which we scored 43 points in the second half for a come-from-behind win. 

— Tom Robertson, Coach 

Varsity Boys Basketball 

Season Record: 6-9 ISL; 10-15 overall 

MVP: Andrew Sillan 

Of Note: Andrew Sillari was named to the Boys Club of NY Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team. 
This was an exciting season with many close games that were decided in the final seconds. This team battled 
hard and was competitive in almost every game. Disappointing close losses against St. Paul's (OT), Nobles 
(OT) and St. Sebastian's kept GDA out of the New England Tournament picture, but the squad regrouped 
for an exciting final victory over Belmont Hill in the final game of the season. The I I seniors will be 
missed next year. — Steve Metz, Coach 

'lite Atrium • Spring 2006 


JV Girls Ice Hockey 

Season Record: 6-9 

Of Note: Tlie girls JV hockey team had a fun and productive season led by their captains Emme Hughes, 
Cam Archibald and Morgan Bradford. One of the highlights of the season was our first Alumni game in 
January, which hopefully will become an annual tradition. — Mike Karin, Coach 

Varsity Girls Ice Hockey 

Season Record: 9-12-1 

MVP: Erin Connors 

Coaches Award: Rossli Chace 

All League: Erin Connors 

Of Note: The team graduates six outstanding seniors who contributed a great deal to the recent success 
surrounding this program. This team may have fallen short of individual and team goals, but accomplished 
a great deal as the season unfolded. No loss was decided by more than two goals and half of them by only 
one goal. Tliis group fought hard in every contest all year long. — Babe Ceglarski, Coach 

JV Boys Ice Hockey 

Season Record: 17-3-1 

Most Improved Player: Angelo Scippa 

Coaches' Award: Mike Hill 

Of Note: This was the finest JV boys hockey team in many years. We were a very explosive team with a 
lot of offensive weapons that was balanced by a very stingy defense. We outscored our opponents this season 
115-37. — Rod McLain, Coach 

Varsity Boys Ice Hockey 

Season Record: 11-13-4 (5-9-2 in the Keller Division of the ISL) 

MVP: Matt Lombardi 

Wasson Award (our unsung hero): Mark Rinaldi 

ISL All League: Matt Lombardi and Mark Rinaldi 

Of Note: Special thanks for their play and leadership goes to our five seniors: Captain Mark Rinaldi, 
Assistant Captain Matt Lombardi, Assistant Captain Zach Samson, Peter Donovan and Cory Spinale. 
Eighteen players from this year's team will return next winter to compete in the always tough ISL. 
— Peter Kravchuk, Coach 


JV Volleyball 

Season Record: 4-10 

MVP: Caitlin KeUiher 
MIP: Claire (Soojung) Shin 
Coaches Award: Mintra Maneepairoj 

Of Note: This volleyball season has been one that has tested all of the girls physically. Even though we 
had more losses than wins, both coaches feel as if the girls grew in their knowledge of volleyball, their skills 
on the court, and their overall team spirit. Tliese girls truly made an effort throughout the season and have 
learned to play the game and play it well. — farela Yara, Coach 

Varsity Volleyball 

Season Record: 11-5 

MVP: Lily Osowski 

Most Improved Player: Crary Chandler 

Of Note: Tlie Govs ended the 2005-2006 volleyball season qualifying for the conference tournament 
as the third seeded team. Tlie girls were upset in the quarterfinals of the tournament by fifth seeded 
Lawrence Academy. Tlie team as a whole showed great improvement over the course of the season and, 
with only two seniors graduating, the Govs look to become increasingly competitive next season. Tlie vol- 
leyball coaches and teammates wish a fond farewell to our departing senior captains, Lizzy Guyton and 
fulia Mdnnis. — Kali Wilson, Coach 


Season Record: 14-9 

MVP: Ryan Becker 

Heb Evans Award: Ben Cutrell 

Of Note: Tlie wrestling team improved their record for the third consecutive season, posting the team's 
first winning season in several years. In the Graves-Kelsey Tournament, the team ranked eighth, with 
Rob Sullivan and Ryan Becker grabbing second places, Pat Diamond, Danny Chun and Ben Cutrell 
grabbing thirds, and Henry Gurney a sixth. The team ranked 68th out of 103 teams in the National 
Prep Championship Tournament, with five wrestlers competing. Seven of the team's 12 starters qualified 
for this year's New England Championship Tournament which was about to be played as TheArchon 
went to press. — Greg Waldman, Coach 

in memoriam 

James T. McClellan '28 of Ipswich, MA, died 
on August 1, 2005. A graduate of Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology, James, a sculptor whose 
work is in private and corporate collections 
nationwide, is best known locally for the 12-foot 
wide double mahogany doors of Poseidon and 
Triton carved in relief for Gloucester's Sawyer 
Free Library. James was a decorated veteran of 
World War II and saw combat in the Philipines as 
well as serving as a member of the occupying 
forces in Japan. He leaves two children, John and 
Anita, and four grandchildren. 

Donald E. Hastings '36 died on September 21, 
2005 in Amherst, MA. A graduate of Amherst 
College, Donald was the retired president of 
A.J.Hastings Inc. He leaves his wife, Phyllis, and 
four children, David, Susan, Elizabeth and 

Charles I. Somerby '37 died on December 14, 
2005 after a long illness. A graduate of Hobart 
College, Charles served in the US Navy and was 
a retired newspaper publisher. He had been very 
active in the historical society in Milton, Florida. 
He leaves his wife Doris and three children, 
Charles, Bonny and Terry. 

Thomas G. Parker '39 died at his home in 
Tampa, Florida on December 5, 2005. Tom, a 
native of Northfield, MA, was the 1939 captain 
of GDA's golf team. He worked at JPMorgan in 
New York, then served in World War II before 
becoming a golf pro in Florida for many years. 

Decius S. Veasey '43 of Haverhill, MA, died 
February 3, 2006 at his winter home in Pine 
Island, Florida. During World War II, he served at 
the battle of Okinawa before returning to the 
states and earning his Bachelor's degree from 
Amherst College. His career started in advertis- 
ing, followed by a stint at United Shoe 
Machinery and Merrimack National Bank, 
before he started a nursing home business in 
Florida. He leaves his wife, Ruth, daughter Janet 
Splaine P'05, '08, and two grandchildren, Ruth 
Walling Splaine '05 and Decia Veasey Splaine '08. 

Charles Capen McLaughlin '47 died 
September 2, 2005 in Baltimore, MD. He 
received his BA from Yale and his Ph.D. from 
Harvard. At American University, he was history 

professor emeritus and an expert on 19th centu- 
ry landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. In 
1955, he and his wife contracted polio; after- 
wards he walked with the help of canes. He 
leaves his wife, Ann, and two children, John and 

Raymond E. Williamson '47 of Greenwich, 
Connecticut, died on January 20, 2006 after a 
battle with cancer of the esophagus. He leaves 
three sons, seven grandchildren and many 
friends. A graduate of Nichols College, 
Raymond had owned and operated Towne 
Cleaners in Greenwich. 

William R. Quattrocchi Jr. '48 of Jupiter, 
Florida, died on December 7, 2005. A graduate 
of the University of Virginia, William was a 
retired business owner. He lived in Summit, NJ, 
before moving to Florida. He leaves his wife 
Portia and daughter Nina. 

David Arthur Rock '48 of Troy, Maine, died on 
December 31, 2005. A graduate of Antioch 
College with a Master's degree from Yale 
University, David worked as a consulting forester. 
He leaves his wife Judy and two children, 
Jennifer and Timothy. 

George L. Boynton '56 died on December 2, 

2005 in La Jolla, CA of melanoma cancer. 
George received his BA from Stanford 
University and his MA from Columbia 
University before embarking on a career in 
banking. After his 1996 retirement, he and 
his wife began a four-and-a-half year cruise 
on a 44-foot sloop, covering 10,000 
nautical miles and 16 countries. At GDA, 
George played football and set school shot put 
and discus records. He is survived by his wife 
Pamela and two children, Carly and Lynda. 

Reynolds E. Moulton Jr. '56 of Manchester- 
by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, died on March 5, 

2006 at his home. Rey was president of his class 
at GDA and was a member of The Milestone 
staff, the glee club, and the varsity soccer, basket- 
ball and baseball teams. He graduated from 
Dartmouth College in 1960. For more than 30 
years Rey was president of R.E. Moulton Inc, an 
insurance company in Marblehead, MA. Rey 
served on the Board ofTrustees at GDA. His phi- 

lanthropy stretched far and wide, to Marblehead, 
GDA, Dartmouth and the University of 
Vermont. Rey is survived by his children, Holly, 
Reynolds III, and Jonathan; his wife, Betsy; and 
her children, Stirling and Alden Winder. 

Timothy Webster Browne '65 of Pownal, 
Maine, died on February 16, 2006. Tim earned 
his Bachelor's degree from Trinity University in 
Texas. He served in the US Army from 1969-71. 
Before retiring in 2002, he owned and operated 
Northeast Aerial Construction, a cable television 
company. He is survived by a brother, a sister and 
Cleo, his 18-year-old cat. 

James E. Millett '67 died unexpectedly on 
February 17, 2006 in Chapel Hill, NC, where he 
had been living for the past nine years. With 
classmates Bill Alfond and Ray Huard, Jim was 
one of the "Waterville Wonders," gifted athletes 
from Maine who made an immediate impact on 
the fortunes of GDA's teams. Jim played football, 
hockey and baseball. A graduate of the University 
ofVermont and the law school at the University 
of Maine, Jim practiced law in the Waterville and 
Portland areas for many years. The father of three 
was intimately involved in his children's activi- 
ties, coaching a numer of their athletics teams. In 
listing Jim's survivors, the Maine Sunday 
Telegram included his wife of 30 years, Darline; 
his children, Kate, Corey and Morgan; and "his 
loved Governor Dummer family." 

Donald J. Burchell Jr. '74 of Salisbury, MA, died 
on February 16, 2006 at his residence. Donald 
received his Bachelor's degree in chemical engi- 
neering from Cornell and earned a Master's 
degree and Doctorate in polymer science from 
the University of Massachusetts. He worked for 
Dow Chemical Company for many years. 
Donald leaves two sisters and their families. 

Peter G. Bildner '03 of Manchester-by-the-Sea, 
MA, died in December 2005 in Florida. 

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ass notes 



Pre 1939 
Harold H.Audet '38 

511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(831) 373-5652 


Class of 1931 - 75th 
Class of 1936- 70th 

The trend in my notes for the senior 
group of alums continues in a downward 
direction. Aches, pains and visits to the hos- 
pital continue to increase. The number of 
members of our group continues to 
decrease. It is sad that I have to report the 
deaths of Don Hastings '36 and Charles 
Somerby '37. Data on their lives can be 
found in another section of The Archon. 
There are only 76 of us still answering the 
roll call, and only the last four classes have 
ten or more members remaining. By the 
time you read these notes, Harry Churchill 
'33 will be 91 years old. He and Betty are 
in what he describes as pretty good health. 
With the lack of news for this column, I 
don't have to get someone to write it for me. 


Class of 1939 

Donald W. Stockwell 

39 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301-6867 

(802) 254-5504 

Before proceeding, I must tell you it is a 
shock to many of our classmates that a name 
change is going to take place later this year. 
Those of us who had the privilege to attend 
Governor Dummer over 60 years ago cannot 
believe what is taking place. It is a heartfelt 
loss to many of us old-timers but I guess that 
will pass with time. 

It's getting more difficult to fill up the 
'39 column with so few replies from our 
class. However, I do greatly appreciate those 
who took the time to answer my request for 

news. Where were the rest of you? 

Tom Killough, who replies to my 
request for news, tells us that his horse, 
Desmet, was sold in late December. 
However, both he and his partner are look- 
ing for a replacement so we hope he will be 
telling us shortly of his latest acquisition. 
What are you looking for, a race or show 
horse? Phil Simpson and his wife, Sue, are 
enjoying the good life in Kissimmee, FL. His 
comment regarding the weather in the sun- 
shine state leaves much to be desired. He has 
had a shoulder problem for several months 
but apparently there is some improvement 
although not enough to resume tennis. He 
and his wife are looking forward to joining 
Alice and me at the school reunion in June. 
It will be our 67th year out! We would like 
to see other classmates join us. It's a great 
get-together and if you haven't been back for 
a long time you will be amazed what has 
taken place on the campus you used to 

John Gannett and Pat are spending the 
winter in Silver Springs, FL and will be 
heading north to Maine around May 1. 
They both keep busy with his wife swim- 
ming and him doing repairs. He didn't say 
what he was working on but I'm almost cer- 
tain it has to do with boats, either row or 
paddle. The old goat, as Tom Tenney calls 
himself, feels that the name change will 
result in pluses in no time at all. He always 
was an optimist. He and Eunie are again 
spending the winter in PontaVedra, FL. One 
granddaughter is getting married in June and 
his sixth grandchild graduates from college 
in June as well. It promises to be a busy 
month for the Tenney family. Hopefully, if 
they hit Vermont this summer, they'll drop 
in. We'd like to show them how the other 
half lives. 

You will be sorry to learn our former 
classmate, Tom Parker, passed away at his 
home in Tampa, FL, December 5. Tom, a 
native of Northfield, MA was an excellent 
golfer and was the 1939 captain of GDA's 
golf team. Following graduation, he was 
associated with J. P. Morgan in New York 
City. I roomed with Tom for a short time in 
the big city where I sought my fortune. 
However, nothing came of that and being a 
country boy, I returned to Vermont broke! 
Following service in WWII, Tom was a golf 

pro for many years in Florida. 

For us it's been an uneventful winter. 
So far, not as much snow as in previous years 
but enough to keep the shovel warm. I keep 
active with Rotary and the Shrine and col- 
lecting rents from about 12 doctors associat- 
ed with the local hospital. 

Class of 1940 

William H. Torrey 

1 12 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11702-3902 

(631) 539-2301 

joytorrey@optonline. net 

"Pete" Farnum reports: "All went well 
with my knee replacement surgery, so they 
say; however, this operation is not a quick fix, 
and takes time and a lot of hard work on the 
exercises before it is over. I picked these 
winter months, because I wanted plenty of 
time to recoup prior to next summer's out- 
door activities. They say I will still be able to 
play golf again, so I am looking foreward to 
that. We miss our motor home and annual 
trip to Florida which we decided was too 
much of a chore. With the kind of winter 
we have had this year in Maine, who needs 


Class of 1941 

R. Andrew Little 

50 West Tioga Street 

Tunkhannock, PA 18657-1445 

65th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Jim Monroe reports: "We just cele- 
brated our 55th wedding anniversary. The 
entire family gathered in Lajolla, CA for 3-4 
days. That means a total of 18: four children, 
three spouses, seven grandchildren and two 
of their spouses. Very flattering to the grand- 
parents. One granddaughter with husband 
gave up three days of a trip to India, and a 
daughter and granddaughter came over from 
Australia where they live. I'm waiting to see 

32 The Archon — Spring 2006 

all the pictures! Always pleased to get news 
from GDA." 

Paul Morgan says: "It's been an excit- 
ing year providing our son Daniel moral 
support as he and his agreeing Trustees 
brought about our very significant school 
name change. We need more boarders. The 
choice is no longer made by parents — it's the 
kids today surfing the net. Very few want to 
consider attending a dumber academy to 
become smarter. We're healthy, happy and 
lucky — aging like a superlative wine." 


Seward E. Pomeroy 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602-1407 

(508) 752-7469 

Dave Jarvis writes an interesting note: 
"They say I'm not getting old, but I'm get- 
ting more interesting to the medical profes- 
sion. Too bad Dr. Hill retired. Still hanging 
out at the Chart Room, but not going over 
the Bridge during the off-season." 

Statistical information comes from Tom 
Fenn: "January '06, the 50th anniversary of 
becoming a Blue Lodge third degree mason! 
May 22, 2006, 60th wedding anniversary to 
first and only wife, Barbara. June 5, 2006, 
64th anniversary of my graduation from 

From Bob Harris: "Still writing a 
book; now inserting photos and plans. Quite 
a way to go yet. I'm thinking about coming 
east in June to see my kids and hopefully 
GDA for alumni day. We do exercises in the 
mornings, swim on Fridays and walk around 
the creek -we live by daily. Got to keep fit or 
its bad news. Very little else to report; just 
keeping up with our co-op duties, church 
and sports." 


Class of 1943 

Benjamin B. Brewster 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360-2428 

(508) 746-1306 

We have had a FEW answers to our plea 
for news of the 43ers. Many of them had 
scathing comments on the question as to 
who we are. It is pretty much settled among 

the class that we are graduates of Governor 
Dummer Academy, but somehow that does- 
n't count. I drove up Route 95 the other day 
and noticed that the big road sign is with us. 
Dick Veasey sent a copy of his plea to the 
Trustees which was eloquent, but unavailing. 

Widge Thomas doesn't know when to 
keep his mouth shut and ended up as presi- 
dent of his storm ravaged condo in Florida. 
He is semi-retired and moved to a cottage at 
Piper Shores in Scarborough for the sum- 
mer. Huck Leinbach is working out at the 
fitness center and feeling better for it. Your 
secretary should do the same. Bob Morrell 
is still putting off Social Security. He enjoys 
the assets of Bowdoin and home workshop 
activities. He claims to do some fly fishing, 
but doesn't mention whether he catches 
anything. Ben Mann is supporting the 
medical profession and doing some 
replumbing of his innards. 

Bob Wadleigh continues to enjoy 
Costa Rica and doesn't miss the ice and 
snow. We are all too old to shovel, anyway, 
so we should do the same. Bill Wiswall still 
manages to get up in the morning. He has 
joined the snowbird flight and contrary to 
popular belief, finds that the balls fly no fur- 
ther in Florida. Peter Morgan is selling off 
a small portion of his antique auto fleet, but 
retains enough to make the rallies and meets. 
He has given up the Ralph Cramdon bit and 
no longer drives a bus. Walt McGill writes 
that the things that AREN'T happening are 
notable. His handicap is not dropping, 80 is 
not old, the walk from the car is the most 
work of exercise class, and staying in nights is 
the highlight of the day." 

All three generations of Brewsters are 
doing well. We have two grands in college, 
one at UMass and one at UVM. Both 
enjoying the experience. The elder genera- 
tion is looking forward to a visit to warmer 
climes in March, our mud season. 


a friend, who likes sailing as much as he 
does, sail together. They went out sailing on 
December 30th for three hours, out beyond 
the Whaleback Lighthouse and up the Back 
Channel (cold, but fun, says he!). He has 
plans for, and is looking forward to, a trip to 
Munich in late April. His last visit was in the 
early 50s. His children are doing well and a 
granddaughter is teaching English to 
Motorola engineers in Torino. She expects to 
marry in Torino next spring. 

Jack Wellman's response to the fund 
appeal is that he gave a large lump sum many 
years ago and asks if that is enough. The 
answer is, "Yes, but. . . to get 100 percent par- 
ticipation this year we need at least $10 from 
each person." It sounds like he is enjoying his 
life as he is golfing two or three times a 
week. (Jack hves in South Carolina) He had 
a knee replacement in June and his golf 
handicap went up, but is now coming down 
again. Jack has eight children, 16 grandchil- 
dren and four great-grandchildren. He 
passed 80 in July and is counting his bless- 
ings. Andy Brillhart mailed his check. He 
reports from Cleveland that he and his wife 
are in "pretty good health." They are on 
Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare 
part "D", and so on. They are selling their 
place in Texas, as traveling back and forth 
with two dogs is too hard. 


P " Class of 1944 

Steven K. Kauffman 
125 Wareham's Point 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

(757) 220-9013 

wareham 125@tni. net 

Ed Tarbell sent his check to GDA and 
reports from Portsmouth, NH, that he is 
winding down his property management 
work, but still goes to the office daily. He and 

Class of 1945 

Richard A. Cousins 

71 Federal Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950-2814 

(978) 462-4542 

Warren Furth writes: "The only phys- 
ical activity that this old man engages in is 
walking. Fast walking with a group twice a 
week, hiking with another group every sec- 
ond Friday, and trekking with a third group 
one Sunday a month. Relief from this rou- 
tine will come in February when I shall 
spend some time with son, daughter-in-law 
and grandson in Palm Springs, CA and per- 
haps in March when Margaret and I intend 
to visit our daughter in New Delhi, India." 
Arch Kingsley says: "Still chugging along 
with my pacemaker. Feel like the Energizer 
Bunny. In any event, Hail to the Governors 
and God bless our soldiers in Iraq. See you 
all at our 65th. Best to all." From Brad 
Roberts: "The heart valve provided by 

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some poor pig is working as expected, so I 
plan to be at our 65th reunion and I am 
looking forward to it. See you then." 

Brad Roberts reports: "Sorry to miss 
our 60th reunion, but recovery from open 
heart surgery took longer than expected. All 
is well now. Enjoyed a visit by Peter 
Bragdon a couple ot weeks ago. Expect to 
see you all in 2010." And sad news from Irv 
Williamson. "Sorry to report the death of 
my brother Raymond Williamson on 
January 20, 2006, Class of 1947. Ray put up 
a major battle with cancer of the esophagus 
complicated by lack of pulmonary function. 
He leaves three sons and seven grandchildren 
and manv Greenwich friends." 


Class of 1946 
Needs Secretary 

60th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Bill Silver says: "Just returned from 
two weeks in Gulfport and Biloxi making 
dental identifications on victims of 
Hurricane Katrina and then the disaster of a 
chalk plane called me to the medical exam- 
iner office in Miami. Unfortunately, I have 
been very busy in my role as forensic odon- 
tologist." John Kimball has been awarded 
an Artist Residency for the winter term in 
2006 by the Robert M. MacNamara 
Foundation to pursue his creative work in 
the visual arts. The Foundation awards resi- 
dencies to seven men and women from 
around the world and from all artistic disci- 
plines. Bob Waugh says: "Debby and I have 
eight granddaughters and four grandsons 
from ages 14-26. We have a busy spring 
coming up with a St. Lawrence University 
graduation, two high school graduations 
and, most important of all, my 60th GDA 
reunion, which we hope to attend. I will 
miss not seeing so many of my old friends 
who 'don't come down for breakfast any- 
more', but the wonderful memories of good 
times are still there." 


Class of 1947 

Homer Ambrose 

5601 Seminary Road, Apr. 2205X 

Falls ChurchAA 22041 

(103) 379-8011 

hambrose@erols. com 

This issue of The Archon concludes my 
stint in the barrel as your Class Secretary. As 
I step down, Norm Brown steps up, and I 
wish to express my gratitude for his loyalty 
to GDA and to our class. 

Norm Brown wrote in to tell us that 
Jack Deering was recently featured in the 
alumni magazine of Colby College. Often 
referred to as "Mr. Colby," Jack has been a 
staunch supporter of the school for five 
decades, serving as president of the Colby 
Club of Southern Maine, a member of the 
Alumni Council and its Athletic Committee, 
a member of the Alumni Fund Committee, 
and as a class agent. In 1968. he and his wife 
received the Colby Brick Award for service 
to the college. In 1962, he was named the C 
Club Person of the Year, and a scholarship 
fund in his honor has been established at the 
school. As Norm says, "I think [the article] 
exemplifies the man our class of 1947 elect- 
ed as their president. The Colby article 
reflects well, not only upon the college itself, 
but also upon GDA, Jack's classmates and all 
those people who have been privileged to 
know him and be called 'friend'." Norm also 
recalls how Jack has ridden "shotgun over his 
classmates," sending notes, calling or adding a 
personal message to the bottom ot his 
Annual Fund letters, "just a sentence or two 
to let us know that he is thinking of us on a 
more personal level." Congrats, Jack, and 
thanks for sharing the news with us, Norm. 

Herbert Hoffman writes: "I'm getting 
old. The bones ache. So I have to spend more 
time at the hot springs. A collection of my 
essays will be appearing in spring. Title: 
Divergent Archaeologies. Our Tuscan farm is 
buried in snow. In January, Ursula and I will 
be heading for Morocco." Dan Hall 
reports: "I like to think the variety in my 

Homer Ambrose '47 

life continues to keep me out of trouble. My 
employment three days a week in a homeless 
shelter at the Pine Street Inn, in Boston, 
occupies the most significant time commit- 
ment. I have a caseload of about 12 men 
with whom I meet on at least a weekly basis. 
These meetings focus on sobriety, employ- 
ment and housing. I am also responsible for 
checking in on a tew individuals who are 
living in subsidized housing, as well as 
arranging for and picking up furniture at a 
'furniture bank' in Lynn, for those few who 
are fortunate enough to obtain housing. I 
continue to skate weekly alongside Bill 
Bailey and brother Manson '49. Also, play- 
ing with members of the high school team I 
organized in 1962, in a Montreal tourna- 
ment which was very special. They not only 
told me when to get on and off the ice. but 
presented me with a wonderful plaque in my 
honor! Lome and I did some traveling with 
a fact-finding group to the West Bank in 
Palestine, stood in their open-air 'prison', and 
saw the separation wall snaking through 
their neighborhoods; waited at check-points: 
and saw vast stretches of 'scraped' land 
denuded of houses and olive trees. We also 
saw the enormous fortress-like settlements 
the Israelis are building on Palestinian land. 

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Jack Deering '47 with his granddaughter Jack and Ann Deering with son Rich at their 50th wedding anniversary. 

at his 50th wedding anniversary. 

In contrast, our trip to Italy in October was 
a delight. We visited the Forum and 
Coliseum in Rome, and the Duomo and 
Giotto's bell in Florence. I continue to do 
some sailing, babysitting (my wife the key 
here) for the five children of my two sons, 
who live in town, plus gathering and split- 
ting wood for our wood stove pretty much 
accounts for the rest of my time. Lorrie has 
helped me split wood even before I gave her 
a sledgehammer as a birthday present. For 
more than five years we have been able to 
pick up enough wood (with the help of a 
chain saw) for the winter, but there are more 
people chasing free wood so we may have to 
buy in future years. This would definitely be 
a blow to our pride! Along with Bill Bailey, 
I had the privilege of being present at the 
Academy when Nels Corey '35, my college 
hockey coach and long time friend, was 
inducted into the Governor Dummer 
Athletic Hall of Fame." 

Jack Deering reports fre- 
quent talks with Bill Bailey, 
Norm Brown, and Ray 
Williamson. Pets and health 
keep Bish Peale in Arizona. 
Joe Welch sends best wishes 
to the class. Our beloved Roy 
Willamson has crossed the 
river following an extended 
and courageous battle with 
cancer. The Class of '47 
extends deepest condolences 
to his family and friends. 

Henry Dunker writes 
with news on Jim Knott and 
the judge's decision, after trial, 
in Jim's $16,000,000 civil 
action against the EPA for 
malicious prosecution. In what 

was a huge disappointment for Jim, his legal 
team and hundreds of others around the 
nation who were rooting for him in his 
courageous, tenacious fight against an over- 
reaching bureaucracy, the trial judge ruled 
against Jim, after trial of his civil action 
against the EPS for malicious prosecution. 
He ruled that Jim had "failed to meet his 
burden of proof that the EPA criminal inves- 
tigator who initiated and continued the 
prosecution lacked probable cause or acted 
with an improper motive." What Jim had to 
prove was inherently difficult, involving inter 
alia, proving a negative, proving the unrea- 
sonableness of the criminal investigator's 
state of mind and persuading a federal judge 
that a federal agent acted wrongfully. Even 
though Jim was unable to win a judgment 
for damages against the government, his civil 
action, pursued through the end of trial, 
achieved his larger objective of helping to 
prevent EPA (and other) bureaucrats "from 

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doing to others what they attempted to do 
to me." Indeed, in his decision, the judge 
pointedly stated: "The government is 
reproved for its sloppy recording of pH val- 
ues in a logbook and subsequent heavy- 
handed treatment of Riverdale Mills Corp., 
including the conduct of an unconsented 
and therefore unconstitutional search of the 
plant." The judge's reprovement ought to 
lead to more responsible bureaucratic behav- 
ior and Jim's fight has inspired others to fight 
back against bureaucratic over-reaching. 

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Ken Bruce '48 and Bob Hill '48 
with wives, Nancy and Mary Cay 

Class of 1948 

Robert C. Hill 

143 Hickory Lane 

Naugatuck, CT 06770-1724 

(203) 758-2962 

Bob Hill and his wife, Mary Cay, spent 
a delightful Thanksgiving day with Bill and 
Dorrie Lindquist and Ken and Nancy 
Bruce at the Lindquists' home on Sanibel 
Island, FL. Shortly after that, Ken and Nancy 
were off on a river cruise in Germany. We'll 
hopefully have an update on their trip for a 
subsequent issue. Richard Palais and his 
wife have moved from the Northeast to the 
UC Irvine Math Dept., so they are now 
Southern Californians. He is partially "un 
retired" and teaches one or two courses per 
year in the same department. He became 
emeritus at Brandeis University eight years 
ago and misses old friends, but making new 
ones and enjoying the California climate. 
Peter "Honus" Wagner has been touring 
around Italy on an Italian Enchantment 
Cruise visiting such places as Sicily, Rome, 
Florence, Monte Carlo, Croatia and the lake 

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Bill Lindquist '48 with his wife Dorrie 

regions. He sold his vineyard on Bainbridge 
Island, WA and also sold his coach condo in 
Bonita Springs, FL. He is about to move into 
a Carriage House in Rapallo, Estero, FL. His 
granddaughter has been recruited by the 
Cornell University squash coach and she is 
entering the hotel management program. 
He said they had record rain in Washington 
this winter and they're looking forward to 
Florida sunshine. Webster Kitchell is living 
in a retirement home in Santa Fe, NM and 
unfortunately has Parkinson's disease. He 
calls it "ache and shake." He covered a lot of 
territory about life, his ministry, and life and 
death issues. I plan to try and reach Webster 
by telephone before I quote him because his 
thoughts would be very meaningful to our 
classmates... especially because of our 
advancing years. 

A brief card from Maine said that 
David Arthur Rock died on December 31, 
2005. An E-mail response from Nina Long 
( also brought the sad news 
that William R. Quattrocchi Jr. passed 
away on December 7, 2005. Bill and his 
wife, Portia, had lived in Summit, NJ before 
moving to Jupiter, FL. 

As you can see, not many in our Class 
of '48 responded, so please, let's try and do 
much better for the next issue of The 
Archon. All the very best, and KIIYK From 
your class secretary, Bob Hill. 


Class of 1949 

Thomas R.M. Emery USN 

312 Rookwood Drive 

Charlottesville, VA 22903-4729 

(434) 977-8763 

tgemery ( 

Allen Hollis says: "Old min- 
isters seldom retire until health is a 
problem, so I keep on doing a lit- 
tle here and there for the church. 
Combined with bridge, I am busy 
and hope to become a Silver Life 
Master in 2006." Mansfield Smith 
plans to try retirement again this 
June, following five years as a part 
time professor of surgery at 
University of California at Davis. 
"Davis is a great college town for 
retiring," he says. The strengths of 
the school are enology, veterinary medicine, 
and environmental studies... and who doesn't 
like wine, dogs and trees? Following a seri- 
ous car crash in November in which the 
only injured party was seatbeltless, he 
admonishes us all to buckle up for the New 

Bill Chamberlin reports: "Tom, it was 
great to hear your voice. Thanks for calling. 
What I do, I'm sure, will bore everyone to 
death. I spend a good deal of my time see- 
ing my four kids and their offspring. I enjoy 
the grandkids. My oldest is 21 and the 
youngest is one — different families. All my 
kids live in New Hampshire, making it easy 
to see them. I still do fundraising for my col- 
lege class, church, and The Governor's 
Academy. I guess that is what GDA is called. 
I haven't gotten used to it, but I am happy 
the controversy is over. I had, as you may 
recall, open heart surgery in 2005, and I am 
fine now, but lack energy. I saw Ken Bruce 
'48 this summer. He hasn't changed, as I am 
sure Arch will attest. I am living in a senior 
community since my wife kicked me out in 
2004. I think our divorce is the longest in 
history - three years so far. Sure does soak 
up the cash. Oh well. With this note, I wish 
all '49ers a great 2006." 

Rick Tyler informs us: "Ann and I just 
returned from nine days in Costa Rica. A 
great trip viewing birds, monkeys, croco- 
diles, volcanoes and beautiful country. Great 
coffee and after touring a coffee plantation, 
brought back lots of it. Skiing in Utah start- 
ed slowly, but is now great. Only 20 minutes 
away, so I am spoiled." Bob Coulter came 
in from shoveling: "Tom called just after I 
finished shoveling from another snowstorm. 
I was in an excellent mood, however, as our 
ninth grandchild had just been born in 

Seattle that morning. (Robert Charles 
Coulter). I promised a reply for the alumni 
notes. My wife and I five in Center 
Sandwich, NH with a magnificent view of 
the White Mountains. Town committees 
and volunteer work keep me busy, as does 
traveling The Baja with our family for a 
45th anniversary celebration, barging in 
Southern France with friends, and several 
trips to Seattle last year. We look forward to 
visitors and hope classmates will call and stop 
by when they are in the area." 

Jake Brown continues to harass me 
about my acumen on the golf course, so I 
will make every effort to elevate my game 
when I am in Chatham this September. He 
says, "I know you are not too old to keep 
score — so why not play? Maybe you are too 
old?" Bill Johnson first asks me what 
RADM means. ..Rear Admiral. ..and 
then... continues: "Dear Tom. Things are 
really good for me and my family. Living in 
Port Clyde on the Maine coast with my 
lovely new bride can't be beat. Together we 
have 29 children and grandchildren and they 
keep us very busy We travel quite a bit and 
are going on a cruise around South America 
in January, then to Washington to visit 
friends and then down the Rhine this fall. 
Enjoy your life and remember what the sign 
in the Cemetery reads: 'Get a lot while you 
are young.' My best wishes to you and our 

PS. Bill Judson is in the process of 
writing an account of the post-9/11 status 
and events in New York. Unfortunately, he 
was pressed for time since his effort was 
overcome by a business trip in Europe. He 
has generously agreed to have this article 
available for the next issue of The Archon. 
We are grateful that he will keep us in mind. 
We look forward to reading it. Thanks, Bill. 


Class of 1950 

Alan F. Flynn,Jr. 

1 Kathcrine Road 

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1938 

(508) 252-6482 

The Class of '50 has regained its posi- 
tion of greatness by responding well to the 
request for news for The Archon. Some have 

36 Hie Archon "* Spring 2006 

opposed the concept of the name change, 
but recognize the bond of friendship and 
common experiences, which makes person- 
al news in The Archon and our reunions so 
meaningful and rewarding. 

Dick Patton's comments, just missing 
the last edition, were as follows: "It's hard to 
believe that most of the Class of 1950 is now 
retired, when it seems not so long ago we 
were off to college. Now life is more mon- 
key business than real business. With a group 
of friends, we recently rented a small villa in 
Tuscany. Seems we ate our way through the 
Chianti district of Italy, great wines and such 
beauty. We plan to hit the ski slopes soon 
and spend the holiday season at our place in 
the mountains. Let's hope our battle with 
father time will be a long one." 

I hear from our class chairman, Tim 
Greene often. We communicate by phone, 
fax, mail and email. Tim attended the GDA 
Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on November 
11 and had a great time. Talked with Fritz 
Freeman '48. On another occasion, Tim 
saw Dave Yesair. "He is much better, walks 
sometimes without a cane." Tim sent along 
a student profile on our current scholarship 
holder, Jeff Menard '09. I'll include the 
details in my next class letter, but Jeff looks 
like another Renaissance man: scholar, artist 
and athlete. Tim and Debbie have a trip to 
Hawaii planned for mid-winter. Later the 
Vancouver chorus will be in the Boston area 
for two concerts. Then Tim's group will fly 
to Lisbon for two concerts. Why didn't Art 
Sager tell us what rewards would come from 
glee club membership? 

Mo Dickerman's card came back with 
a message from a grave stone: "Governor 
Dummer Academy, 1763-2006, Requiescat 
in pace." 

Got a call from Charlie Bowen. He 
and Calvine had been in Charleston in 
November where they ran into Tom Otis 
'49 for golf and dinner. Then proceeded to 
cruise the Inland Waterway with Dave and 
Brenda Hershey from Savannah to 
Beaufort, SC. They were in Connecticut in 
December to visit two daughters and grand- 
children. As this is reported, they are travel- 
ing around the west coast of Australia on a 
cruise that will terminate in Singapore in 
late February. Bill Denny Engs is an amaz- 
ing man. Among his highlights of 2005 
were: "I spent the months of April, June, and 
October on Cape Cod, MA to help take care 
of my mother. She turned 101 in August. 

Bob Comey '50 in Maine 

We had a wet winter in the San Bernardino 
Mountains, where I live. A hundred-year 
record for rainfall was established. I was able 
to camp and hike in the desert between 
storms. In June, I visited Alaska for the first 
time. The only way to see this area is from 
the water or the air. We saw whales, dol- 
phins, sea otters, sea lions, mountain goats, 
bears, harbor seal pups, and many birds. My 
most memorable sight was newborn harbor 
seal pups with their mothers on ice floes. In 
August we were in the Hoover Wilderness in 
the High Sierra. We backpacked to Crown 
Lake and made side trips exploring trails 
leading to Yosemite National Park. The high 
point of my year was in September, a suc- 
cessful climb of Mt. Sill (14,153') in the John 
Muir Wilderness. My first attempt to climb 
the peak was 44 years ago. Last year, my fifth 
attempt failed. This time everything was 
right. It took two days to backpack to the 
base camp. From there it was a long but 
rewarding day climb to the summit and 
back." What a year for an obviously fit 
member of the Class of 1950. Denny's 
memoir of the Mt. Sill climb is great reading 
and can be obtained from him by email at 

George Tulloch has reported a new 
address and new telephone number. 
"Moving into one of those one-floor, some- 
one else mows the lawn, places on February 
15. New address is 47 Davis Lane, Easton, 
MD 21601. Phone is 410-770-3497. 
Otherwise things are quiet with some talk of 
an Edinburgh frolic this summer, but I'm 
enjoying quiet more and more." 

"What a cowardly and stupid example 
the school's trustees exhibited to its students: 
when the competition gets too rough it's a 

cosmetic problem, so all that is needed is to 
change your name. How shameful, disgrace- 
ful!" This message came from Dummer 
Dave Esty. 

From Mai Robertson came word that 
"I have not traveled much — Colorado and 
North Carolina," where his children and 
grandchildren live. "Have been on a 
genealogical kick, found graves and informa- 
tion on great grandfather (Civil War), 
great great grandfather (born 1778 in 
Wilmington, Ohio), great great great (born 
in 1752 in Frederick, MD), great great great 
great (born in 1720 in Scotland). On moth- 
er's side, great grandfather was first white set- 
tler in Richland County, WI. Through his 
wife they go back to great great great grand- 
father (born in 1755) from VA, served in 
Revolutionary War. So we will be traveling 
to many of these places." Don't forget our 
mini reunion in Byfield in 2007, Mai. By 
missing the last listing, Dick Patton has two 
responses this time around. "At the start of 
the New Year, in a 36-hour time frame, over 
60 inches of snow fell on us. The 'old goat' 
dug out. This was not part of my education 
at GDA or soon to be GA. Will this stand for 
Great Achievers or God Almighty? The 
name change may have benefit, but was it 
necessary? In 25 years no one will care. Best 
to the Class of 1950 and good health to all." 
Marc am Rhein has a new email address, "Mom is 
doing super. I'm fine." Tim Greene 
described Jeff Menard, our new scholarship 
holder, to Marc and commented, "It seems 
to me Jeff fits most of the requirements you 
and Dr. Yesair set forth when you established 
the definition for our scholarship." 

Holiday Greetings came from David 
Yesair and his wife Ruth by email. In addi- 
tion, Dave said, "I am recovering nicely from 
the stroke that I had in April. After two 
months in a rehab hospital and five months 
of out-patient physical and occupational 
therapy I am now back, fulltime, at work." I 
talked with Dave on the phone recently and 
he's busy singing in nursing homes and mov- 
ing rocks in his yard. He'll have another 
check-up with his doctor in Boston regard- 
ing movement of his right toes. Dave's clos- 
ing comment was, "We're having dinner at 
my house for our next reunion." Willy 
Nordwind's card stated, "Two additional 
grandchildren on the way. Brings total 
grandkids to six. Elected as Arizona delegate 
to Taxpayer Advisory Panel, a nationwide 

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group which works with the IRS to simpli- 
fy tax administration." 

From Dick McCoy came the following 
email. "Just returned from a fun cruise in the 
Caribbean with our two daughters and four 
granddaughters for the week between 
Christmas and New Year's Day. The last 
night of the cruise was New Year's Eve and 
the champaign flowed like water. In a few 
days, plan to go to Sarasota for two months." 
Sounds good, Dick. Bob Cushman reports: 
"Diane and I enjoyed our 55th reunion din- 
ner and program on Saturday. But there 
were too many classmates and no golf at 
Olde Newbury. Enclosed picture of Bob 
Comey from our annual summer reunion in 
Maine. Looking forward to getting together 
with Tim and Debbie Greene while we're 
both in Maine in February and March. 
Anybody else?" I called Bob Comey after 
the Coco Crisp trade. Bob thinks the Red 
Sox got a good player and wonders why 
Cleveland let him go. Bob has a seven-year- 
old grandson who has been wearing a 
Johnny Damon shirt. Will his grandson 
become a Yankee fan? The name change at 
GDA was opposed by Bob, and all other 
alumni he has encountered, but will not 
change his relationship with the many 
friends from those days. 

Emi and I had a great trip to Slovenia, 
Croatia and Montenegro in October. 
Dubrovnik lived up to all expectations. Get 
there before the crowds overwhelm the 
place. We'll finally get to Greece in April. To 
recapture the lives that once were ours, 
read Summer of '49 by David Halberstam. It 
speaks to the world we lived in as we began 
our last year at GDA. How things have 
changed. Thanks for all the news. 

195 1 

Class of 1951 

Ted Barrows III 

4 1 Ridge Road 

Bristol, RI 02809-1355 

(401) 254-1909 

tedbarrows(a)jcox. net 

50th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Reliable Class Note sender Dave 
Bullock reported that he and his brother 
Don '53 went to the annual Holiday 
Gathering at the Harvard Club, and despite 
the issue of the moment, had a good time. 
He was disappointed to receive the notice of 
the name change in the mail the following 
day. He did send a second email entitled "I 
have to find that bar," which I hope he has 
shared with all our classmates! Yogi Wenz 
checks in with a brief "See you at #55 in 
June." George McGregor sent an update 
on Marty Doggett who had spent the month 
of September in the hospital having his bone 
marrow cells removed, an intravenous form 
of chemotherapy injected into his body, and 
the bone marrow cells returned. In 
October, he was isolated at the Mansion 
House. George received a note in 
November that Marty would be "back in the 
saddle again" by Thanksgiving and nothing 
would do but for Bill Atwell to send him a 
saddle! "It is not in Marty's office and Bill is 
looking for a horse." Your scribe is still hang- 
ing out in Bristol. Jackie and I went to 
Northern Island on a business jaunt in 
November and hope to return in the spring. 
I hope you are all planning to return for our 
55th in June! Regards to all. 


Class or 1952 

Franklin E. Huntress. Jr. 

5 Independence Way Apt. C 

Marblehead, MA 01945-4659 

(781) 631-4785 

Richard Nader reports: "Lydia and I 
are both well and keeping busy dodging all 
these ridiculous hurricanes. Give Sabu my 
best wishes for a speedy full recovery. I've 
just sent off a nostalgic letter to RG remi- 
niscing about Perkins incidents that remain 
in the depths of my memory 50 years later — 
who would have thought? Sorry to hear 
that the name change went through. If they 
had to change it, they shouldn't have picked 
one that sounds stupid and is a tongue- 
twister to boot. I read about the change in 
my local St. Petersburg Times before hearing 
from the school. What can you expect when 
they cannot even spell 'wart' correctly?'" 

Gus Boss says: "The name change had 

big press here in Arizona." He also extolled 
the pleasures of sun and warmth in 
Scottsdale after a golf game. "Sun City is the 
fourth largest city in the US with four mil- 
lion out here." He asked after Sabu, Bob 
Erb, Charlie Brown, Bill Huberlie, 
Howard Quimby, so you guys had better 
fess up to what is happening in your life! Ed 
Carter says, "Keep up the fight regarding the 
school name — I have moved on and found 
other outlets for my charitable instincts. My 
50th at Harvard this year." 

Barbara Sawyer reports for Lawrence 
Sawyer: "As you know, Skip has had an 
uphill battle since March 9, 2005 when he 
had cardiac arrest and rescue brought him 
back. He has been in Maine Medical Center 
Rehab Nursing Home at skilled level, back 
into Maine Medical last month and is now at 
the Monarch Center in Saco, Maine. His 
short term memory is impaired because of 
oxygen deprivation when he had cardiac 
arrest and he needs 24-hour care. I know he 
would appreciate lots of prayers for his 
improvement. I am sure Skip would be very 
upset at the school name change. Skip, his 
Dad and an uncle have all been Governor 
Dummer 'boys' and he did not want the 
name change. Very best wishes to all for 

Fred Bowden says:" I would have gone 
for 'The Governors School' rather than the 
four-syllable synonym — as would have 
Uncle Tom, Hemingway and your coachman 
of 1795 had you asked him, 'What's that?'" 

Guy Tudor has co-authored (with Rick 
Cech) another book on butterflies, Butterflies 
of the East Coast, An Observer's Guide. Guy 
remains president of the New York City 
Butterfly Club. His latest book was reviewed 
by Edward O Wilson of Harvard as "excit- 
ing... it elevates butterflies to the rank of 
birds as accessible, indeed compelling sub- 
jects of natural history." It's published by 
Princeton Press and available through 
Amazon. Guy also reports that the Wilson 
Ornithological Society is changing the name 
of its periodical to The Wilson Journal of 
Ornithology, in an effort to "update," deal 
with the "advent of electronic publishing" 
and a "deline in memberships and subscrip- 
tions." The journal will have a new look as 
well, with a new logo. Guy comments, "You 
think GDA is the only organization pulling 

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this stuff?! Nobody can leave anything 
alone!!" I agree, Guy. Nothing is sacred any- 

Heard from Barry Gately who still 
attends lots of GDA games as an enthusiastic 
fan. He's doing pretty well after his health 
problems of last year. Keep cheering on the 
teams for us, Barry! 

This is your class secretary — Following 
is a portion of a letter that has gone out to 
folks to verify the name change which is so 
slanted to make a case for the name change. 
I cannot begin to imagine where they got 
the figures from, as the GDA alumni were 
not polled at all — stay tuned - the battle goes 
on!: "After reviewing research conducted 
over the past year, the majority of GDA's 
alumni, parents and faculty supported the 
change, according to Morgan. Responses to 
a questionnaire sent to all constituents sup- 
ported the change by a large majority, he 
said. In addition, an independent advisory 
committee comprised of representatives 
from faculty, staff, parents, alumni, trustees 
and students all recognized the challenge the 
currently used name poses." 


Class or 1953 

William C Pinkham 

760 Meadow Circle 

Estes Park, CO 80517-8409 

(970) 586-0992 

sbpinkham @charter. net 

First... long awaited news from Newt 
Hyslop. Newt is alive and well and back in 
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but 
he's had a harrowing year!! In his words, 
"2005 was Annus Horribilis, to quote 
Queen Elizabeth, for the Hyslops. Debbie 
was diagnosed with a malignant basal tumor 
in November of 2004 and moved to San 
Jose, CA to be with our daughter while 
receiving treatments at UCSF. I commuted 
back and forth from New Orleans. Her 
tumor proved resistant to therapy, causing a 
slow decline, and in May she returned to 
New Orleans for hospice care at home. We 
(Debbie, Myra - our golden retriever, and I) 
evacuated New Orleans on Sunday, August 
28, before Katrina struck that night, and 
reached St. Francisville, LA, where we stayed 
for a week before our children had to rescue 
Debbie by air and me with Myra by van. We 
moved to San Jose for the interim and 

Debbie died November 21, 2005 after a 
game and dignified struggle. My job at 
Tulane was terminated in December 2005 
because of the fiscal crisis. I am back in New 
Orleans now and sorting out the past, pres- 
ent and future. House is OK." I was pleased 
to catch Newt at home and follow up on his 
note. His spirits seemed good in spite of the 
ordeal he's been through. He's putting his life 
back together and is working for LSU part- 
time on HIV. They're also working on new 
distribution of patients because of the hit the 
hospitals took physically and financially. 
Newt hopes to get Professor Emeritus status 
from Tulane. As he said, it has a nicer ring 
and more befits than being "terminated." 
I'm sure all of you join me in our best wish- 
es for Newt. 

Windy Gale sends his best to all. Says 
there's no question about it. . . The older he 
gets, the time goes faster. But he's doing his 
best to keep up with flying time. They're 
selling their big house on the water and 
looking possibly for a condo. He says, he 
won't miss all the work — well maybe a lit- 
tle... Don Bullock and his wife, Marianne, 
are enjoying life in "America's Home Town." 
He's currently volunteering for the 
Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and tak- 
ing in this great entertainment. Don doesn't 
agree with the school's name change. Says 
he could take the few "Dummer" jokes that 
were bandied about. Says, "Too much histo- 
ry down the tube! This is progress?" 

The Pinkhams just returned from a 
week enjoying Colorado's winter. The ski 
areas close to us have tons of snow (not like 
New England) and fabulous skiing. Fantastic 
Nordic skiing at Snow Mountain Ranch 
near Winter Park, followed by a meeting on 
town business and alpine skiing in Telluride. 
Incredible scenery.... Sue and I are hiking 
the Grand Canyon in May with our hiking 
friends. We're going down the south rim 
and up the south, with a two-night stay at 
Phantom Ranch. The threat of wild 
fire is a huge issue here, and Sue will be 
employed again as Interagency Fire 
Education Coordinator again this summer 
(she earns it, and I spend it). As for the name 
change... while I'm sorry to see the end of 
an era (and the jokes), we face significant 
demographic changes and economic chal- 
lenges in the years ahead, and I applaud the 
school and the Board for their initiative to 
ensure the sustainability and value of the 

Class of 1954 
Needs Secretary 

Stuart Miller is still running his busi- 
ness, fishing when possible. "I enjoy my 
home in Sarasota, FL but would not move 
full time from Mass. Have two grandchil- 
dren that fish with me. Two of my children 
married, two still single." Dick Pew says: "I 
officially retired in January, so Julie and I are 
'kicking it off' with a ski trip to Selva, Italy 
the first week of February. I am also plan- 
ning to visit Tom Larsen in Tortola for a 
few days in early April. So far this 'retiree 
gig' seems pretty good! No plans to move 
south, we still enjoy living in Maine." Dick 
Michelson reports: "Life continues to be 
kind to me. I continue my house building 
with Habitat for Humanity, roaming 
around the mountains and traveling." 
Michael Smith says: "I have resigned as 
Class Secretary in protest of the Trustees' 
decision to change the school's name." 

Bob Abbott reports: "Best wishes to all 
my classmates who have supported the 
school all these years — a small blip in time 
when one looks at the school's 242 years. 
My condolences to Governor Dummer for 
the Board's action in dropping his name 
from the school." 

Haskell Rhett reports: "Last fall Janet 
and I spent some time getting to know polar 
bears in Northern Manitoba, and now are 
packing for an illogical series of trips — 
Boston, followed by golf and touring in 
Puerto Rico, followed by my daughter 
Cecily's wedding in Santa Barbara, CA. 
Classmates in the South beware as we're on 
the loose from Virginia to Florida this com- 
ing May." 


Class of 1955 

George O. Gardner, III 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01720-3912 

(978) 263-3052 

Jack Pallotta: "We are enjoying our 
first winter as 'snowbirds' down in the Ft. 
Myers area. Bought a place last spring to use 
for the winter but really like playing lots of 
golf, running and listening to the weather 
reports from home. 

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class notes 


Class of 1956 

James Dean, III 

P.O. Box 186 

South Berwick, ME 03908-0186 

(207) 384-9184 

55th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Steve Bartow recently traveled to 
Guatemala where he visited Tikal and other 
important Mayan Ruins. Presently he is 
tying fishing flies in preparation for the tar- 
pon season. He will again be spending the 
summer in France at his home in the 
Pyrenees. Jim Dean just returned from a 
camping trip on St. John in the Virgin 
Islands. He is a board member of Habitat for 
Humanity in NH, and Habitat will be break- 
ing ground for four new houses this spring 
in southern NH. Ed Elkin has no plans for 
retirement. He is the medical director of a 
school health program in NYC school sys- 
tem for NY State Dept. of Health. He over- 
sees 130 school based health centers from K- 
12. He says the students are fine, and the 
health providers are very caring. His chil- 
dren are grown up and happy He will be 
attending the 50th Reunion. 

Joe MacLeod is proud to have a cute 
new granddaughter by the name of 
Alexandra. Joe and his wife Carolyn will be 
going into retirement full time this spring. 
Future plans are to travel, read, and sail. Jim 
MacVean plans to cruise through the 
Panama Canal this February '06. Hopes to 
attend the 50th Reunion upon his return. 
He has had some past difficulties with his 
health. Stan Rhodes is feeling very robust 
as he approaches his 50th Reunion. 
Retirement has given him time to travel and 
look after his grandchildren. And, he still has 
need for his brush and comb. John Wilson 
is presently competing this January '06 in the 
international eight-day Men's Curling 
Bonspiel Competition in Quebec, Canada. 
In 2003, his curling team won the World's 

silver medal in the Czech Republic. In 
2005, his team scored eighth in the Latvian 
Competition. For only the second time in 
the history of the sport, the US will host the 
World Curling Championship in Lowell, 
MA in '06. John will be competing there. 
Just got word that Tony Miller will definite- 
ly be joining us for our 50th Reunion in 


*-" Class of 1951 

Lyman A. Consens, III 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, NH 03303-2500 

(603) 196-6446 

I am reminded that 2007 will be the 
50th Reunion Year for the esteemed Class of 
1957, enshrined in history as GDA's 
Brightest. I am advised that since no other 
class has ever laid claim to that distinction, 
our title will be retired like Larry Bird's 
number as the name of our beloved school is 
cast aside by those with no respect for tradi- 
tion. 'Nuff said about that, except let's give 
some positive thought to the 2007 Reunion, 
(of Governor Dummer Academy, of 
course). Brian Sullivan surfaced recently 
to, of all things, commend the Class 
Secretary on our last letter. No news, but 
we'll take what we can get. Jeff Fitts 
continues to be a faithful correspondent as 
he eases into retirement and his incarnation 
as a snowbird flitting between Sarasota, 
Wolfeboro and Framingham. Jeff sent along 
a photo of nim andHowie Clark, '55, which 
I decided to frame and keep on my bureau at 
home. Jeff looks great without much hair but 
Howie has, well, aged not so gracefully. 
Condolences to Ned Beebe whose dad 
passed away last summer. Ned's tennis game 
has been slowed by some torn tendons, now 
repaired, but Ned's going through some 
tedious therapy. Good luck, Ned, our Davis 
Cup Team needs you back! Great email 
from 'ol friend Mel Blake. Mel's concern 
now that we have all put the name change 
behind us, is, in his opinion, the lower num- 
ber of students attending the top-notch col- 
leges, like Dartmouth, Harvard and, of 
course, Bowdoin. I hope he follows up with 
GI)A's..ooops...GA's leadership on this issue. 

Mel has also offered to help plan our 50th so 
we'll be in touch. Save the dates (as soon as 
we know what they are)! I spent a weekend 
in Florida recently (R&R) and played golf 
with Bernie Michaels, Class of, I think, 
about 1936. Actually '55 and a terrific goalie. 
Since he plays every day he had no trouble 
taking me to task, but he really looks great, 
terrific wife, loyal Governor! 

Hardy Bedford says: "Things are about 
the same in the Bedford family. Oh yes, I did 
have a run-in with a ladder coming off my 
roof the other day and managed to break my 
ankle. Both my wife and my orthopedic sur- 
geon wanted to know what an 'old geezer' 
like you was doing on the roof. Anyone want 
to buy a Little Giant Ladder? The infomer- 
cial said they were the safest ladder made. 


Class of 1958 

Ralph E.ArdiffJr. 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers, MA 01923-2528 

(918) 114-3336 

rardiff@ardiffblake. com 



Class of 1959 

Mirick Friend 

P.O. 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853-0540 

(603) 569-3212 


Class of 1960 

John C Elwell 

266 High Street 

Newlmryport, MA 01950-3838 

(918) 462-8149 


News was sparse this time from my 
classmates. Many of you must be hibernating 
for the winter! 

Don Alexander did send Christmas 
greetings along with family news. Don is still 
enjoying his work on the Maine Supreme 
Court and has published recent updates of 

40 TheAnhon +> Spring 2006 

his books, Tire Maine Jury Instruction Manual 
and Maine Appellate Practice. (Wow... those 
titles appear to be a perfect Maine remedy 
for insomnia!) Don reports that for recre- 
ation he rides his horse every other day or 
so, stacks wood (that's how he heats), and 
shovels snow. (Doesn't Don know that judges 
don't have to ride the circuit any more, can 
heat with oil, and Maine has had no snow 
this year?) Don's wife, Barbara, continues to 
thrive with her utility regulation consulting 
business, although it involves a lot of travel. 
Don's and Barbara's big news is that both of 
his children have made significant transi- 
tions. Katherine, age 21, and taking leave 
from college for a while, is doing real cow- 
girl (actually horse-girl) work in the Big Sky 
area of Montana. Don and Barbara visited 
her in September, staying at the ranch where 
she is working. Their son, Phil, graduated 
from the University of Southern Maine in 
1999. He is now a member of the Maine 
State police, patrolling York County, west of 
the Maine Turnpike. (Whew... I lucked out 
because my camp is in Oxford County.) Phil 
and his wife Lori made Don and Barbara 
grandparents this fall. Don seems to be strug- 
gling a little bit with the grandfather desig- 
nation and has decided that he wants to be 
called "the old coot." He probably will get 
no argument about that designation from his 
classmates. Probably it should be "the old 
coot, your honor!" In any case, his honor 
sends everyone best wishes for the New Year. 

I heard from Brad Conant who writes 
that their third grandchild was born on 
September 7. Brad states that they are lucky 
to have all three grandchildren in the next 
town, Sudbury. (Now I wonder if he feels 
the same about the parents!) Brad is retired 
but he does volunteer work for Habitat for 
Humanity and for Mass Audubon. Way to 
go, Brad. Two very worthwhile organiza- 
tions! Brad also enjoys skiing at Sugarloaf 
Brad feels that the name change is ridiculous 
and a waste of money, effort, and time. 

Jim Deveney sent me an email. He 
encourages classmates to write or email 
him with their feelings about the 
changed name. Jim can be reached at 
the following: email:, 
phone: MA (978)526-7658, Florida (561) 
626-1645. Jim stated that he was against the 
name change and mailed six or more pages 
to the trustees before the vote, but to no 
avail. As you probably know, Jim as president 
of the Alumni Association, serves on the 

At Bob and Bonnie Adams home in West Newbury, MA on Reunion Weekend 2005. 
R to L: Peter Stonebraker, Jay Gaffneyjim Deveney, Bill Vose, John Elwell, BillTuxbury, 

Bob Adams and Malcolm Flint. 

Board of Trustees, besides being active at 
Governor Dummer Academy functions. 
After renting for ten years in Florida for a 
month during the winter season, Jim and 
Sharon bought a place in Palm Beach 
Gardens last year. Jim is not complaining 
about being in Florida the whole month of 
January honing his golf game. Maybe we 
need a winter reunion of the Class of '60 in 
Palm Beach Gardens? How many bedrooms 
you got, Jim? A special thanks to Jim for rep- 
resenting the alumni well on the Board of 

Well that's all the news I received. I have 
some news about myself and my family, but 
since this is a quid pro quo operation, I will 
just mail my comments to Don, Brad, and 
Jim. I will save my "big" news for the next 
Archon. I hope they don't change that name 
to the GA Reporter or something! I wonder 
how many new students know what Archon 
means. I am getting too cyn- 
ical! I better stop here! With that my time 
is up. . .1 thank you for yours! Remember the 
porch light is always on for you. I look for- 
ward to hearing from many of you for next 
issue of the class notes. 


Tim John Hill 

255 Mabery Road 

Santa Monica, CA 90402-1205 

(310) 454-1658 

Thomas M. Mercer, Jr. 

5311 Edlen Drive 

Dallas, TX 7 '5220-2101 

(214) 987-3090 

tmercer@cerescap. net 

45th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Phil Teuscher said that "the last Archon 
did a Class of 1961 update on my activities - 
so I'll keep my mouth shut for a while." Phil 
said that he hoped to make our 45th in June. 


Class of 1962 

Thomas S. Tobey 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022-1209 

(650) 941-5060 

It appears that the name change has 
been resolved with the selection of The 
Governor's Academy with a subscript of 
"formerly Governor Dummer Academy." 
This will not become true until July 1 . That 
decision, while costly, will put the debate of 
the name change to rest. I will have to say 
that the name controversy created the first 
time since I entered GDA in 1959 that 

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lass notes 

friends in California finally recognized it as 
where I went to school! My heart is still 
wrapped up in the old school because of 
memories that were formulated more than 
four decades ago under very positive cir- 
cumstances. It must have come from matric- 
ulating at the school under Ted Eames and 

I hope we can entice everyone to go 
back for the 45th in '07. I remember taking 
my grandfather (Princeton, '06; that's 1906!) 
to his 50th and 60th reunions at Princeton. 
Those events laid the foundation for me to 
always look forward to reunion events and 
feel a sense of loyalty to our alma maters. Use 
your reunion as a time to "get in shape." I 
want to encourage everyone to get back on 
the bike, hike, go to the gym, and play golf 
or whatever. This is no time to slack off. 

For you golfers. "Peb" aka Albert 
Clifford Rock III emailed me with a note 
indicating that he has had three more "holes 
in one" since '99! Peb still owns and oper- 
ates First Arizona Credit where he is a con- 
sumer advocate for consumers in credit 
distress. He further reports that he has 
handled some 9,000 settlements and dis- 
persed SI 0,000,000 helping clients buy or 
refinance homes. 

I spoke to John Tarbell today and he 
was bemoaning the state of his body. John. 
Anne and Liza went to Deer Valley, Utah for 
a family ski holiday at Christmas time. 
Somehow those legs just don't respond in 
the same way. John also reported that Denis 
Golden is among the missing since reunion 
time. We know he will show up; he always 
does, with his latest venture and stories in 

All the best wishes to Tim McNally as 
he recovers from a recent heart attack. 

Bob MacLaughlin still resides in 
Maine, from where he reports that "things 
are going well down east. I'm enjoying life 
on South Pond in Warren and I am doing 
less and less work and more and more play. 
Lots of kayaking, backpacking, running, 
cross-country skiing and racquetball, and I've 
added two new obsessions to the list. A year 
ago, I got into five-rhythm ecstatic dancing, 
which is free-form movement for 2-3 hours 
that's very aerobic and often spiritual and 
therapeutic as well. No steps to remember, 
and you don't have to ask anyone to dance. 
For Xmas, I gave myself a pair of ice skates 

so I can keep up with a woman I'm dating 
who is a figure skater. That first time on the 
ice in 43 years was pretty ugly but fortunate- 
ly all my neighbors had gone back to New 
Jersey or wherever for the winter, so nobody 
saw me. I remember being captain of the 
GDA JV hockey team two years in a row 
simply because Mac Murphy had no room 
on the varsity for a player who couldn't skate 
backwards or turn to his right. Believe it or 
not, I'm actually improving now. Running is 
still easier, though, and I'm starting to train 
for the Portland marathon in October. 
Yesterday, three huge bald eagles landed on 
the lake in front of the house and helped 
themselves to some ice-fishing holes made in 
the morning. At first, I thought they were 
wild turkeys, of which there are a lot these 
days. In May, the loons will return, and I wall 
be paddling here and in the bay. Oh, and I've 
shifted by mail delivery to a mail box at the 
top of the road. My new mailing address is 
190 Birch Lane, Warren, ME 04864." 

My reports are that Barbara and Burke 
Leahey have managed to weather the hurri- 
cane seasons in Florida for another year. 
Burke and Barb still maintain residences in 
Duxbury and Bonita Springs quite nicely. 
Frank Bond is still active in falconry in his 
native New Mexico. If you have ever seen 
this incredible sport in action, it is a thrill and 
marvel to see Frank fly his bird. Ted Moore 
and his wife Ginny still report that life in 
Alaska is great. They seem to find plenty of 
time to engage in kayaking, cross country 
skiing and other outdoor sports. Last sum- 
mer, they took off in Prince William Sound 
for a two-week adventure. They reported 
seeing very few people and thoroughly 
enjoying the time together. Ted indicated 
that he is planning to return to Swarthmore 
for his 40th reunion in June. I had a won- 
derful conversation with Colin Studds. We 
talked more about our respective children 
than anything to do with what is going on in 
our fives, which was fine. Colin's namesake, 
Colin has been studying sea birds for a num- 
ber of years and is about to pursue a study ot 
the American Red Stork at the University of 
Maryland. Colin's other son is building a 

Both of the Tobey girls, Rachel and 
Kirsten, will be married this year. My wife 
Karen has been very involved with a Global 
Week at the Palo Alto school, where she has 

taught for 30 years. As part of the special cur- 
riculum at the school, last week she was very 
involved with helping to host Al and Tipper 
Gore (speaking on Global Warming), the 
author of the documentary Tlie Lost Boys of 
Sudan, and one of the impressive young men 
who was featured in the film. As for me, I am 
trying to have a resurgence into running, 
having placed third in my age group in a 
10K on my last birthday. Hey, there were 
four in my age group! I was delighted to 
have finished. I had my future son in-law; 
Will ( an intern in emergency medicine) by 
my side just in case! See you all next time. 


Class of 1963 

Needs Secretary 

Bob McGilvray reports: "What has 
happened regarding the school's name 
change debate? I await the outcome of that 
before I decide whether to leave a large 
endowment fund to Governor Dummer 
Academy (Not new-name generic market- 
ing option A, B, or . . .) or to the SPCA. 


Class of 1964 
Louis H. Higpins 

PO Box 268 

Lake Placid, AT' 12946-0268 

(518) 523-9682 




Class of 1965 

Kenneth A. Linhero 

6115A Pasado Road 

Isla Vista, CA 93117-4907 

(805) 685-1868 

Class of 1966 
Needs Secretary 

40th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

42 The Archon •• Spring 2006 

David Hartz moved to Chehalis, 
WA in 2005 and bought a book/art 
store - "Book 'n' Brush." Still playing soccer 
in an indoor, coed league. Email: bookn- 

George Tower reports: "Greetings from 
San Diego. I hope any of my classmates or 
friends from GDA will contact me if visiting 
San Diego. I manage vacation rentals in San 
Diego and Nantucket. I am also in process of 
restoring a Victorian house in the downtown 
area which I attach as photo. Hope all is well. 
P.S. My sister Joan Tower is touring her 
piece, Made in America, around the country." 


Class of 1967 

Bennett H. Beach 

1201 Denton Road 

Bethesda,MD 20814-2335 

(301) 951-9643 
ben_beach @tws. org 

Dwight Reid's daughter Emily, a 
Union College grad like Win Burt, is work- 
ing at Brigham & Women's Hospital recruit- 
ing volunteers for various sleep research 
projects. Dwight has just hit the quarter- 
century mark at Crane & Company, the sta- 
tionery manufacturer. Speaking of Milestone 
hotshots, Larry Miller has moved from 
Wilmington, Delaware to Silver Spring, 
Maryland, where he works for the United 
Way of the National Capital Area. Son Elliott 
is a dean's list sophomore majoring in physics 
at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 
Harvard President Larry Summers asked 
Bob Bass to co-chair the President's 
Advisory Committee on the Allston 
Initiative to determine what the university 
should build on the other side of the Charles 
River. Now approaching the 20-year mark 
in Stuart, Florida, George Swift has moved 
over to Comerica Bank and heads up the 
private banking group. He has done so much 
traveling in Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, 
and other Latin countries that George has 
learned Spanish. An avid catch-and-release 
fisherman, the former GDA wrestler once 
reeled in a bull shark weighing about 400 

Dave Marsh reports that he has offi- 
cially transferred what little psycho-energy 
he has left from the Beatles to David Ortiz, 
Jason Varitek, Manny (being Manny) 
Ramirez, and the AL Wild Card 2006 win- 
ning Red Sox. More news from the Ambrose 

George Tower's '66 Victorian house that he is restoring in downtown San Diego. 

boys: Mick Doolittle is in-house counsel at 
Foulger-Pratt, developing real estate in the 
Washington, DC, area. He and Laurie have 
now been married for 32 years, and their 
youngest daughter, Morgan, is a junior at 
UConn. Britt graduated from Wake Forest 
magna cum laude and is headed to law 
school in the fall. Erin is teaching kinder- 
garten in Frederick County, Maryland. 
Wayne Noel is happy to be back in south- 
ern New Hampshire, where he is working 
for a small woodworking and cabinet shop 
about five miles from his house. The big 
news is that Wayne has joined the Class of 
'67 Grandpa Club. Zoe was born September 
19. September was a memorable month for 
Roger Block, too. After a six-month 
courtship, he and Amy got married. They 
sold their sailboats and bought the one that 
both have always wanted. Roger and Amy 
broke it in during a five-week honeymoon 
in the Pacific Northwest's San Juan and Gulf 
Islands. Five weeks? Roger retired two weeks 
ago, so he can get away with this sort of thing. 
Joe Story is one-third of the way 
through his three-year term as a selectman 
for the Town of Newbury, and he is neck- 
deep in school funding, water and sewer 
issues, and other matters. Other selectmen 
talked him into running one day when he 
showed up at Town Hall to pay his taxes. 
"They told me I should do it because I tell 
it like it is, have a thick skin, and have no 
political aspirations." Joe retains an interest in 
Cask & Flagon, the storied bar next to 
Fenway Park, and he says that the major ren- 
ovation there should be done by Opening 

Day. One of Joe's constituents, Doug 
Curtis, reports that London-based daughter 
Lindsay '97 is flying to Hong Kong, 
Singapore, New York, and elsewhere to con- 
duct briefings for JPMorganChase. Virginia 
is a store manager at Club Monaco on 84th 
St. in Manhattan. 

JPMorganChase also employs Bill 
Dougherty in Rochester. Since November, 
Bill has spent a lot of his time daydreaming 
about Ava, his first grandchild. In March, he 
jetted off to Cambridge University to see his 
son Andrew graduate. Coming up is the 
commencement at Case Western, where 
Lauren will receive a B.A. Another of Percy 

During a family trip to the Grand 
Caymans on Super Bowl Weekend, Reid 
Pugh '67 (center) made some new friends: 
Miss March and Miss October, Playboy 
2004. "They were impressed to learn that 
I still have every Playboy issue starting 
mid-1963, a collection I obviously started 
at GDA." 

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class notes 

Rogers' Spanish scholars, Reid Pugh opted 
for "a very sensitive and quiet birthday" in 
January. He spent the night of that Friday the 
13th singing and strumming in his favorite 
bar/restaurant. On Super Bowl Weekend, 
Reid and his three children took another of 
their winter island trips, this time to the 
Grand Cayman. Both of Rem Clark's 
daughters are working for Nike in the Bay 
State, while Tyler is a sophomore at 
Wentworth Institute of Technology in 
Boston, which recently celebrated its cen- 
tennial. The Oklahoma grass fires in 
December stayed west of Rick Jensen's 
farm in Bristow. He's relieved about that 
but thinks the Red Sox are doomed after 
all that transpired during the winter. Up 
in British Columbia, Anne-Marie Laverty 
and boyfriend George Dunning have taken 
in the 19-year-old daughter of a close friend 
who died in 2004. Ashley is a sophomore at 
the University of Virginia and suddenly has 
taken off academically. Meantime, Anne- 
Marie has completed The Train to Wherever It 
Is and is searching for a publisher. Another of 
our professors, University of Texas' Ted Dix, 
is as pleased with teaching as he has ever 
been and feels he has some terrific graduate 
and undergraduate students. "The research is 
particularly interesting these days," Ted 
wrote, "because we have observed things in 
very young children that most people (psy- 
chologists included) don't expect: That the 
best mothers — those who are sensitive, 
responsive, and free of depression — have the 
most defiant one-year-olds." 

As part of the Rackham Symphony 
Choir, Don Gay was in Chicago in January 
to sing Too Hot to Handel, a jazz gospel ver- 
sion of the original Handel's Messiah. His 
next major production will be Aida, with the 
Michigan Opera Theatre. This spring, Don 
plans to referee lacrosse and celebrate 
Candace's graduation from the University of 
Michigan. Lew Rumford's seven-year effort 
to help Bell Multicultural Public High 
School was rewarded in February by the 
opening of the first new middle and high 
school complex in Washington in decades. 
His daughter Julia, a Vanderbilt junior, spent 
a semester in London, while Grace has start- 
ed at Middlebury after a fall of mountaineer- 
ing in the Northwest with the National 
Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Our 

other Maryland native, Perry Point's own 
Alan Rothfeld, says he has been doing 
more teaching and less ministering to 
patients. He is enjoying his weekly class at 
the Keck Graduate Institute for Applied Life 
Sciences; Alan's son William is an undergrad- 
uate at nearby Claremont and attends the 
class. "It's the only time I see him, though 
I'm not sure he is entirely into the theoreti- 
cal biology," Alan says. His daughter, 
Christine, has decided to attend law school. 

Jay Marsh reports on "a rather insane 
moment" when he and Tommie purchased a 
"blue water" (a number have circumnavigat- 
ed the globe) 1979 Tartan 37 sailboat in 
Florida and took it to Lake Ouachita in 
Arkansas. He estimates that it will take them 
a year to restore the boat to "like new" con- 
dition. "We've got sailing fever bad." Wil 
Poon continues to get around. Last year he 
made two trips to Hong Kong and another 
to Sicily and Rome, while fitting in some 
skiing, mostly in Vail. Rotator cuff surgery a 
year ago has slowed down his ice hockey 
career. If you're traveling through New 
Hampshire, keep an eye out for Citizen's 
Bank branches because Paul Hemmerich is 
designing the upgrades for many of them. 
Daughter Amanda has spent the last two 
summers out west engaged in wildland fire 
management, and her crew stopped in 
Louisiana to distribute food and water to 
Katrina's victims. 

Tom Taylor's youngest, Andy, is about 
to graduate from Amherst, and to celebrate 
the last tuition payment, all five Taylors spent 
a week skiing in Park City, Utah, in January. 
A geology major, Andy wrote his thesis 
about climate change, based on research last 
summer in the Dominican Republic. Tom 
works for a company in Hartford that pro- 
vides financial and valuation services to 
issuers and purchasers of commercial mort- 
gage-backed securities, and he travels all over 
the country. He said, "I think that the 
school's new name is a vast improvement, 
and I applaud Dan and the board for not 
running away from a tough decision." Roy 
Meyers is managing several real estate part- 
nerships in Key Biscayne, investing in resi- 
dential and commercial properties. To invest, 
call 305-361-3387. Both his dogs seem 
happy down there. Ben Beach's daughter 
Emily co-captained the University of 

Maryland's field hockey team to the NCAA 
title last fall and was named an All- 


Class of 1968 

Daniel C. Look 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062-1285 

(770) 977-3135 

Chuck Johnson wrote: "The past year 
has been relatively quiet for Chris and me. 
No weddings, births, or other life altering 
events [grin] . The highlight of the year was 
helping our son Brian and his wife Pam 
move into their own house, a 1910 
Craftsman in Ballard (northern Seattle sub- 
urb). Tiny at 750 sq. ft. but in great condition 
with almost everything still original, right 
down to the claw-foot cast iron tub and 
knob and tube wiring. But now our fife pace 
is speeding up again with several events to 
look forward to: my 30-year mark as a 
Federal public servant, my niece's wedding, a 
two-week concert tour of China with the 
Sacramento Choral Society (I just carry the 
suitcases while Chris does the singing). Have 
appreciated the heartfelt dialog surrounding 
the GDA name change and am ready to help 
the Academy move on to the next level. 
Wishing everyone a wondrous and prosper- 
ous New Year." 

Harry Kangis informs: "Okay, you 
asked, so two cents on the name change from 
a 25-yr, marketing guy: These days you 
either embrace change or get crushed by it. 
The name change is for future generations of 
students, and the data strongly suggests we 
need to do this to stay vital. Nobody is going 
to confiscate the yearbooks, hats and T-shirts 
from the rest of us with the older memories. 
It's the experience and the friends, not a 
logo." Charles Johnson's frustration is evi- 
dent in his writing. "Dan, not much to 
report on a personal note. Due to the name 
change issue and my opposition to it, I have 
greatly modified my relationship with the 
school. Let's leave it at that. I'm sure there are 
classmates whose support falls on both sides 
of the issue and we can discuss it at reunion, 
if so inclined. Now I'm down to a relation- 
ship with classmates and I hope that can 

44 TheArchon — Spring 2006 

continue far into the future. While it is dis- 
turbing to lose GDA, it is reassuring to retain 
a relationship with classmates." 

Will Black writes from his new loca- 
tion. "Relocated to Memphis area... think I 
like warmer weather. On the name issue, I 
was just informed by another classmate that 
the name change is official. 'The Governor's 
Academy'. As I have indicated in some e- 
mail correspondence, while I am not thrilled 
with the idea, I can certainly live with it. I 
would urge those who are vehemently 
opposed to reconsider at this point. Bob 
Martin now is living in Chicago. He has 
gone back to college again to get his third 
degree- English, culinary, counseling/human 
services. The state exam is in 2007 and then 
he has to go back to work. Bob likes the 
new name change. 

All is well with my troops. My daugh- 
ter is getting married in July so that is pretty 
much the focus around the house. My boys 
continue to live in the north, Sean in New 
Haven and David in NYC. David was 
recently in a Sam Shepard play and was 
reviewed in the New York Times. It turns 
out that the Times critic was sitting in front 
of me the night I attended the play. Had I 
known, I would not have spilled my drink 
on her. 


Class of 1969 

Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Slocum, Gordon & Co. 

39 Mill Street 

Newport, RI 02840-3016 

(401) 849-5893 

Josh Miner, who retired from the 
Board of Trustees after a distinguished term 
of service to The Academy, writes in to say 
that he ran into Peter Dorsey at the Ansel 
Adams exhibit at the MFA. Peter was 
accompanied by his wife, Susie, and his 
daughter, Eliza. Eliza is currently at Shore 
Country Day School and definitely wants to 
follow her father, her uncle, her god-father 
(Jeff Gordon) and her brother to GDA. Josh 
mentioned that he had just returned from a 
ski trip in British Columbia with his son, 
Joshua '98. 

"Joe Mclntire reporting for duty. Sadly, 
last year I sold my quite successful B & B, 
The Rattle Snake Inn, in Portsmouth, NH. 

Great memories, including the weekend that 
both Duke & the Drivers and Aerosmith 
stayed there at the same time. Whoa!!! 
Recently celebrated my 57th birthday and 
can't tell you how thrilled I was when 
Neckie, Conrad, Harold Hudson, Paul Stella, 
and Mole Cole drove up in a pink limo. 
Everyone must have gained about 50 lbs. that 
weekend. Please send my best wishes to Tim 
Tenney and Bob Amsler." 

Jack Connelly reports: "Our oldest, 
Alex, started college this year. He's at the 
University of Vermont (my alma mater) so 
we'll be spending more time out east. My 
wife, Terri, and our other kids Silas (16) and 
Sophie (10) and I are still playing lots of soc- 
cer and enjoying life in Madison Wisconsin. 
Hope all is well in Byfield." 

Walter Cannon is still busy as a full 
time thoracic surgeon at Stanford University 
Hospital at the Palo Alto Clinic. He placed 
1 lth in the National Gliding Championships 
last summer and continues to restore antique 
gliders and airplanes. He now has four 
grandkids. "Trying unsuccessfully to retire." 
Greg Wellman reports: "Since mid- 
November, I have been employed full-time 
as a Sr. Axapta Consultant with Business 
Management International, Inc. (BMI). 
Although the company's headquarters are in 
New York City, the Axapta practice has cus- 
tomers nationwide. As a result, I report to 
their ERP Practice Manager based in the 
Chicago area, and am able to stay in the 
D/FW area for the foreseeable future." 

Steven Worthen says, "Printha Piatt 
and I were married in our apple orchard at 
home on October 15, 2005 with many fam- 
ily, friends, theatre, fishing, weaving and 
other groups in attendance. The world pre- 
miere chamber work we are in will have its 
second performance on April 1, 2006 at 
Cotten Auditorium in Fort Bragg, CA. The 
piece for chorus, chamber orchestra, soloist 
and narrators is "Voices from Earth in a 
Nuclear Age" by Sara Kreigar, composer and 
conductor. While honeymooning in 
October, we both took in Dr. Atomic, John 
Adams' current world premiere opera at the 
San Francisco Opera. He lives in SF area and 
lectured to the audience prior to the pro- 
duction. He is known for Nixon in China, 
The Death of Klinghoffer, among other operas. 
It was inspirational, as we came home for a 
Voices rehearsal right after seeing Dr. Atomic. 
(The first atom bomb tests in Alamagordo, 
NM.) This fall I portrayed "Charlie (the 

mailman)" in Mendocino Theatre 
Company's (MTC) production of On Golden 
Pond. I will be producing a concert version 
oiPorgy and Bess for The Mendocino Music 
Festival as well as Funny Girl for The 
Gloriana Opera Company here in Fort 
Bragg. Both productions will be this sum- 
mer. When they are over, I may play in Neil 
Simon's The Sunshine Boys for MTC in 
November. I am displeased with the 
Academy name change. I remember being 
teased by a local veterinarian neighbor in 
Lynn, MA when I was a student: Go in smart 
and come out Dummer. Ha ha. What a 


Class of 1910 

J. Randall Whitney, III 

77 Coolidge Road 

Concord, MA 01742-3301 

(978) 369-0914 

jrw3 @netway com 

Henry Eaton says: "All seems to be 
well with the Eaton family, and I am grateful 
for that. Brooke '03 is spending her spring 
semester at a Boston University program in 
London. She reports she is working hard, 
enjoying her time in London and traveling 
to nice places like Paris and Barcelona 
(Prague is on the radar screen). Perry '08 is 
making great strides in his sophomore year 
at GDA, studying hard, playing hard, looking 
forward to the Florida baseball trip and stay- 
ing busy as a musician, now playing the bass 
in the jazz band and also working out on the 
drums and twanging on the guitar as well. 
Cathy and I are both busy with our work, 
she as a professor, while I toil in the courts of 
the Commonwealth. We are fortunate to 
have a second home in Newburyport and 
are truly enjoying the time we get to spend 
in such close proximity to GDA. Cathy has 
spent many hours volunteering in the 
Admissions Office and I am learning what it 
is like to be a Trustee of our fine Academy. 
Best wishes to all my classmates." 

Tom Price would officially like to stand 
in the shoes of his 20-year-old son, Pen (a 
junior at Davidson College) who is spending 
the semester in Athens, Greece, and reports 
that "he is somehow having more fun there 
than I am in ultra-snowy Jamestown, NY, 
even though snow has recently graced the 
Acropolis also. Reports this past weekend of 

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class notes 

a huge snow-dump on Boston brought back 
memories of morning trudges to breakfast in 
the occasional blizzard. Classes, to my 
knowledge, were never cancelled. We had to 
wait for the surprise 'free day' that was 
sprung on us once a semester. I wonder if 
that custom survives. Speaking of the 
trudges, we used to amuse ourselves by 
keeping track of the 'wipe-outs' suffered by 
each of us on the treacherous paths to the 
dining hall. Welch and Blakney always lead 
the league, or did I? Best wishes to all at 

Jeb Bradley writes that he has returned 
from his third trip to Iraq as a congressman 
from southern New Hampshire. "We are 
making progress training the Iraqi Security 
forces-the key to our men and women 
returning home." Keep up the good work, 
Jeb. Randy Whitney is about to "turn 30" 
in the paper business. Not a small feat con- 
sidering the changes in the industry. He also 
writes that this is his last turn as Class 
Secretary for his class of 1970. He waits anx- 
iously for another classmate to step forward. 
"It's been a great ride chronicling everyone's 
lives. I'll miss it and look forward to follow- 
ing your achievements in future issues ofThe 
Archon." Randy's daughter, Catherine '01 is 
now employed by Ernst and Young in 
Boston as a financial analyst. 

Jeff Brown writes that daughter, Molly, 
after graduating from college this past spring, 
is now living in Raleigh, NC working for 
American Dance Theater. Travels back east 
were not as frequent as before; Jeff's wife's 
parents require more attention now. Jeff did, 
however, see one Red Sox game in Boston. 
Next summer, more visits? 


Class of 1971 
Needs Secretary 

35th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Wayne Gray writes: "Hello to every- 
one. I think that I'm finally through with all 
the medical problems I had. The latest tests I 
had this summer were negative; so, hopeful- 
ly, the colon cancer is behind me now. I'm 
working at a new job in Amcsbury, MA, 

called ARC Technology in the Advanced 
Materials Department making radar 
absorbent materials. Most of the contracts 
are for the government at the present time. . . 
so there's job security." 

James Fleming writes: "Now it's my 
turn to cry that I have two children in col- 
lege at the same time. I guess others in our 
class are in the same boat." 

As for me, the days here in Florida have 
been tough with all of these hurricanes, but, 
we will just have to deal with those situa- 
tions. My son Kristoffer just started college 
this year and I am extremely proud of him. 
James (Fleming), I will cry along with you — 
however, our families supported us many 
years ago, and we will need to keep up the 
tradition of seeing our kids through. Wayne, 
I'm glad to hear the good news on your 
health — stay well. To the rest of our class — 
I encourage you to stay in touch. Let us 
know how you're doing. Until next time, I 
hope you all are doing well. Your retiring 
Class Secretary, Mario Rivera. 


Class of 1972 

Geoffrey A. Durham 

504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048-3120 

(847) 549-8407 


Class of 1973 

Edward C.Young 

15602 N 13th Avenue 

Phoenix, AZ 85023-4491 

(602) 504-0651 

eyoung@allsaints. org 

Bruce W. Sheldon reports: "I still live 
in Darien, CT with my wife (Jody) and 
daughter (Lee). My son (Matt) is off at col- 
lege in Florida as a freshman. I am a com- 
mercial real estate broker with Pyramid Real 
Estate Group and have been at this firm for 
1 1 years. I concentrate mostly in represent- 
ing tenants and landlords in the office mar- 
ket in Stamford, CT and Fairfield County, 
CT, as well as sales of investment properties. 
My office is based in Stamford and I have 
been in the business for over 21 years. Now 

that my son is off at college, most of my time 
is spent watching my daughter (sophomore) 
play field hockey, lacrosse and run track for 
Darien High School. I also spend a lot of 
time in the car, driving her and her friends 
to various high school activities, movies, etc, 
etc. (I can't wait for her to get her driver's 
license this coming fall!) I'm glad the name 
change to GDA is over and finalized, and I 
do approve of the new name; however, I will 
always refer to the school as Governor 
Dummer Academy, like most people who 
attended the school in the past. I look for- 
ward to attending future alumni receptions 
in New York and Connecticut and visiting 
the campus sometime soon. I welcome class- 
mates to drop me an e-mail at: bruce@pyra-" 

Art Scangas says: "We are in our third 
year of publishing Inside Weddings maga- 
zine, a quarterly national bridal magazine 
catering to an affluent, educated and inde- 
pendent reader. My partner Walt Shepard 
and I started the publication as a local 
Southern California free newspaper and 
transitioned to a paid magazine in 2004. We 
are in every Barnes and Noble and Borders 
in the US as well as newstands and markets. 
Check out our website: 
and drop me an email to art@insidewed-" 


Class of 1974 

Pamela Jo McElroy Toner 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06824-6930 

(203) 254-2371 

pjmtoner@aol. com 

Thanks for all your work on behalf of 
the '74 class. 

Greg Connolly reports: "My wife 
Jeannie, an art teacher in the Monadnock 
area of NH, and I split time these days 
between Peterborough and Franconia, New 
Hampshire. My daughter Whitney is finish- 
ing this spring at Elon University in NC, and 
my son Peter is a sophomore at the 
University of Richmond in VA. Both went 
to Holderness School previously. Still work- 
ing in manufacturing currently with 
Forward Industries Inc. All is well." 

As for your scribe, I am busy building a 

46 The Archon — Spring 2006 

residential real estate career in Fairfield 
County while my husband toils away in the 
legal field. My oldest is going to high school 
next year and my youngest is going into sev- 
enth grade. 


Class of 1915 

Pamela D. Pandapas 

202 Central Street 

Rockland, MA 02370 

Dan Clayman said I finally "bludg- 
eoned" him into writing! Whatever works! 
He says his marriage to Terri is still going 
strong and his twin daughters, Mollie and 
Emma, are healthy and happy, albeit over- 
worked, ninth graders. He doesn't recall our 
ninth grade curriculum was quite as heavy as 
the kids have now. His sculpture keeps three 
studio assistants and him very busy. Gallery 
exhibits, commissions and upcoming muse- 
um showings make for days that are not 
quite long enough for everything he wants 
to accomplish. And to add to his workload, 
he and Terri are close to purchasing a small, 
circa 1920 mill building in East Providence 
to house his studio operation. His current 
studio digs have gone the way of many mill 
buildings and have turned "CONDO." 

Dion Entekhabi says he is grateful for 
the class trying to stay in touch and wishes 
everyone a Happy New Year! He also said 
that his family was at the time of his note sit- 
ting at the eye of the storm in uptown 
Tehran, waiting for somebody to push the 
wrong button! He says life is certainly not 
boring and his family is enjoying a few feet 
of snow out in the backyard. The garden had 
turned into a giant slope for the kids. 

Stephanie Farrar wrote that she is still 
pursuing her designer doggie treats business. 
She also enjoyed a visit to her old stomping 
grounds here in NE. She spent some time 
with her 97-year-old aunt as well as a week 
in Worcester with her husband Craig's nieces 
and nephew and their kids. No sooner did 
she get home, her mom visited them in Texas 
for her 75th birthday and for a couple of 
months after that. Stephanie has also been 
doing more remodeling on their house. She 
is looking forward to a busy New Year with 
friends moving to Texas, starting new ven- 
tures and celebrating the Year of the Dog!!! 
Lisa Johnson says that all is well in Byfield. 

Her extended family is great, and work and 
house construction keeps all of them busy. 
She hopes all is well with everyone "as we all 
approach and pass the half century mark." 
Thanks for that reminder, Lisa! Anne 
Mackay-Smith Vance wrote that she finds 
it hard to write for the notes because she 
doesn't feel like she has done anything of 
note. I beg to differ, Anne. She is at home 
raising her 1 4-year-old daughter, Lisa (nick- 
named for Lisa Johnson!), and her nine-year- 
old son, Mike. She also does a lot of volun- 
teer work and writing in her spare time. 

Craig McConnell said that he and his 
wife, Kristi, had a very quiet end of the year. 
His parents visited from Maryland for a cou- 
ple of days before Christmas until New Year's 
Eve. They visited with each other and with 
friends. We missed him at the reunion due to 
a sudden conflict at work; he was called to 
another nuke plant that they run! But he also 
missed his vacation because of it as well. His 
family of wife and two cats has grown by 
two Golden Retrievers rescued from the 
animal rescue league. Evidently, these two 
"pups" have never suffered an empty food 
dish as they weigh in at over 100 pounds 
each! Craig says he is sorry for having to miss 
the reunion but will try his level best to be 
the in 2010. Wendy O'Brien said I also 
managed to tug at her guilt so she writes that 
she is in her last semester of nursing school. 
She will soon be an RN! She said she wish- 
es she had worked so hard at GDA. 
Nonetheless, congratulations, Wendy. She is 
loving life in Wolfeboro, NH and sees Jim 
Roome and Jim's brother, Reg '73, quite 
often. Son, Andy, is a junior at Brewster 
Academy in Wolfeboro and daughter, Alicia, 
has been visiting prep schools in anticipation 
of next fall. Wendy, Andy, and Alicia visited 
GDA recently. She said while she has always 
had pride in her school, that pride doubled 
that day. The campus is stunning, the educa- 
tional resources so impressive, dorms are 
bright and cheerful, and, despite it being 
exam week, the students were very friendly! 
Yes, Wendy, I think we all are very proud of 
having been a part of GDA for what it was 
then and what it is now. 

Rich O'Leary writes, after some arm 
twisting on my part, that there is no huge 
news from his end. Son, Tim, is a freshman at 
Brunswick School and daughter, Sarah, is in 
seventh grade at Stanwich School, both in 
Greenwich. Although he can't imagine the 
source, they are both Thespians. Tim just fin- 

ished playing Caliban in The Tempest and 
Sarah played the lead in Honk last spring. 
Rich finds that this is a good means of vic- 
ariously reliving his time back on the stage at 
GDA. He sends his best to all '75ers and is 
looking forward to the next reunion. Bud 
Rice has been living in the D.C. area for the 
past five years. He is married with two kids, 
one teenager and one having left the nest a 
while ago. Bud is working as a communica- 
tion systems engineer but has taken the time 
to send his best to all of his GDA classmates. 
Thanks, Bud. And best to you and yours! 

Mike Sapuppo writes from northern 
California that he is enjoying the snow- 
boarding season atTahoe. His sister Lisa '78, 
has moved to San Diego, having felt the joy 
of warm weather and sunshine everyday! I 
can attest to that! It seems this was a major 
move for a true blue New Englander. Mike 
will be coaching his daughter's softball team 
again this spring. It seems her team was only 
one out away from beating the division 
champions last year. And they spent the week 
before Christmas on Kauai. Nice! 

Jack Swenson and his wife Rikki con- 
tinue to enjoy working as guides and 
instructors on special Photo Expeditions for 
Lindblad Expeditions. After spending a white 
Christmas in Antarctica aboard the compa- 
ny's flagship, The National Geographic 
Endeavour, they are particularly looking for- 
ward to their 2006 schedule which will take 
them to mostly warmer locations. They left 
for East Africa to lead a small photo safari 
group, followed by ship trips to 
Baja/California for whale watching, two 
voyages to the South Pacific this summer, 
then Galapagos and Costa Rica/Panama 
later in the year. Oh yea, he says they have a 
short trip to Alaska this summer. They are 
planning to spend as much of the year in 
shorts and T-shirts as possible. To quote Jack, 
"Ain't life grand?" Indeed! Bon Voyage! 

Yours truly, Pamela Pandapas, has been 
staying busy with the usual work on the 
house, with an addition planned for this 
spring. I still don't do a lot of tax law, which 
is fine with me! I have admittedly spent some 
time coercing my classmates to send their 
news to me... quite shamelessly! But it is 
always fun to hear from you all. I hope you 
keep it up. And another appeal to those of 
you who see our classmates who didn't write 
in; please encourage them to send their e- 
mail addresses to me so I can put them on my 
class list. Until next time, classmates, take care. 

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io 7 6 

Class of 1916 

Carol Ann Goldberg- Ay din 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

NewYork, NY 10128-4719 

(212) 410-1781 

30th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 


Class of 1917 

Carolyn L. Nissi 

102 Haseltine Street 

Bradford, MA 01835 

(978) 372-0722 

Joey Pietrafesa writes that he is newly 
single. He is in the commercial real estate 
business, he loves it and all is going well. He 
is busy raising his two youngest, Christina 
(15) and Joseph (13). He says hello to all. It 
seems that there was an impromptu get- 
together over Thanksgiving at Vicki 
Papaiouano Murphy's house in Haverhill. 

Joey and David Phippen were there 

Tracie Ackerman's back went out at the last 
minute and she couldn't make it. I think she 
just didn't want to drive all the way from 
Newton to Haverhill and not get home in 
one piece! I heard that Vicki's husband, 
John, was making quesadillas in the living 
room. That's one benefit of being a chef — 
you can cook anywhere and have it be a suc- 
cess. Vicki and John just celebrated their 
25th wedding anniversary. Could it really 
have been that long ago that some of us did 
Greek dances at their reception? 

Heather Blair wrote me last October; 
unfortunately, she just missed the deadline. 
Here is what she wrote: "My husband Robb 
Cutlet and I were at GDA on Wednesday — 

the campus looks great — and had dinner 
with Eric Laub and his wife Donna that 
evening. Robb and I were back East just for 
a few days; we live in California now and 
both work at The Harker School, a K-12 
independent day school in San Jose. I'm 
Academic Dean for K-12 and Robb is 
Assistant Head for Operations and Finance. 
All five of our kids attend Harker — we cover 
grades 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9 and have at least one 
child on each of Harker's three campuses. I'd 
love to hear from former classmates and/or 
see people who make the trip out West." 

Val (Turner) Harris emailed me from 
England. I last heard from her eight 
years ago! Since then she has re-married. 
She runs an art gallery and art workshops 
just outside Guildford, 20 miles from 
Wimbledon. Her daughter Kate (18) is now 
living in London and is hoping to go to art 
school. Her son Freddie (12) starts at Eton 
in September. Her husband Tom is into old 
Jaguar cars. In 2000 the two of them drove 
from London to Beijing in an old 1955 
Jaguar 140 — it took them six weeks and was 
"wicked." You can go on her website to find out 
more or send her an e-mail. She would real- 
ly love to see someone from 30 years ago! 
Shelly Marean has moved to Santa Fe with 
her family. She writes that they are really 
enjoying living in a foreign country. Shelly, 
I've heard that about parts of New Mexico 
from classmates in my on-line class. Must be 
quite the culture shock. And last, but cer- 
tainly not least, Perry Long sent a postcard. 
I will close with his note: "Change is the 
only constant thing in life. A name is just a 
name, it does not change the place." Thank 
you, Perry. 

Good wishes to all. 


Class of 1978 
Needs Secretary 

Alexandra Keirstead is enjoying a 
mild winter in Charlotte, North Carolina, 
with her husband James, Nick (10) and 
Cecilia (8). "Still an Independent Sales 
Director with The Pampered Chef, spread- 
ing the news on healthy home cooking. She 

Carrie Nissi '77 in the Pan-Massachusetts 

was in Massachusetts in October for niece's 
wedding and took a Sunday drive through 
the campus - looking good! On the subject 
of the name change: I've always heard that it 
is the school that makes the name, not the 
name that makes the school. Oh, well. Live, 
love, laugh." M. Philip Graham reports: "I 
am still living in New Hampshire working in 
healthcare market research. I have been the 
choir leader at my local Eastern Orthodox 
Church since 1990. I enjoy working with 
the youth members, and we also have long- 
time adult singers." 

Class of 1979 

Troy A. Dagres 

6 Henderson Circle 

Newburyport, MA 01950-3406 

(918) 465-6612 

troy dagres @aol. com 

As winter hits, it seems that many pens 
and keyboards were frozen. Just a few notes 
to publish. Hopefully, when the thaw comes, 
the info will flow again. 

Randy Tye O'Brien had a great time 
at the Alumni (ae) basketball game catching 
up with (literally), John Perlowski, Henry 

48 TheArchon — Spring 2006 

Rosen and me, both on and off the court. 
She was thrilled to be welcomed by all as she 
joined in the men's event. She stepped up 
with the men and boys and held her own on 
the court. But it wasn't enough as the 
youngsters prevailed in a contest marred by 
inconsistent officiating. You just can't pay 'em 
offlike you used to. It certainly was an "Old 
Timer" starting five as the game opened 
with the four of us and my brother, Todd 
'78. Randy's daughter Molly (who definite- 
ly won the "height" category in the gene 
pool) is 12 and son Conor is nine. Molly is 
applying to Thayer for this fall and is into 
singing and acting. Conor is the athlete in 
the family, and usually can't decide which 
sport is his favorite. Henry Rosen toughed 
it out with a bad back. Apparently the covert 
pharmacy was open and the pain was 
assuaged, but he probably wouldn't have 
been eligible to play in the Olympics. Jim 
Ronan did not show up for the Alumni 
game and that's all I have to say about that. 

Stu Cawley writes that in early 
December he showed his boys "why you 
shouldn't run on the playground by failing 
to duck under the monkey bars (always a risk 
for us tall folks), fracturing my neck and lit- 
erally scalping myself in the process. Note to 
doctors: neither greeting patients with the 
question Do you have a Living Will? nor 
repeating the phrase 'Don't panic' once every 
five minutes does much to instill your 
patients with confidence. Having shaved 
what was left of my locks, I'm currently 
envious of John Perlowki's fertile follicular 
foliage, but I am hoping to have my freak flag 
flying at full mast once again by Reunion 

Lisa Law is still stalking Aerosmith. Not 
really, though Steven Tyler is actually on a 
first name basis with her. She gave him 
cookies that she made and a scarf while 
backstage at the concert in NC. He followed 
up to thank her by leaving a voicemail on 
her cell phone. Not too shabby. 

As for me, Troy Dagres, still doing the 
residential finance thing in MA and NH. My 
son, Andrew, has applied to GDA to enter in 
the fall. The admissions decisions are mailed 
out in March, so by the time you read this, 
we will have an answer. That's all I have this 
time. Please make an effort to drop me some 
info next time around. Your devoted Class 



Class of 1980 

Lynne E. Durland 

114 West Road 

Londonderry, NH 03053-3141 

(603) 421-0940 


Greetings and salutations, classmates. 
New Year, new car, new job lots of new stuff 
up here in New Hampshire, and some new 
stuff on campus too, but I digress. Haven't 
heard from many of you this time around. 
Hey Fain, when are you making another 
trip? Did hear from Erica Baum Goode, 
down on the South Shore. She is a mom of 
three: Madeline (13); Lily (1 1); and Davis (8). 
They've been in Hingham for 15 years and a 
few years ago built a house about 50 yards 
from our old house. Her daughter Lily is 
being coached by Kevin Callahan this year 
on a town basketball team! Not only was he 
a great player, but he's also a great coach! 
She does a lot of volunteer work in town. 
Her husband, Chris, has been with EMC in 
Hopkinton for awhile handling their 
govt/community affairs and public policy. 
Still think of the old days at GDA! Wishing 
everybody a happy 2006! And Erica, you 
have a new set of neighbors not too far 
down the road. Neda Boyd and her hus- 
band Bob just, literally the Friday before the 
Super Bowl, moved down to Halifax. So, get 
ready to update your rolodex or, for you tech 
savvy folks, one more update to your 
Blackberry and Outlook contact. Neda 
Boyd, 20 Arrowhead Path, Halifax, MA 
02338, 781-293-7027. 

John Fain says: "We finally received 
rain after a month or so of a statewide burn- 
ing ban. That is rough when Texans can't 
burn their trash in 50-gallon drums behind 
their trailers! Sort of have to improvise by 
alternate techniques of allowing it to blow 
out of the back of the pick-up bed as one 
drives 90 miles to nowhere. The second 
approach is to just bury it with a friend's 
backhoe. And of course New York City style 
is to allow it to stack up and smell like hell. 
Laura and I had dinner with Russ Savraan 
who is responsible for the rain. Seems he 
brought it with him after spending 30 days 
in Seattle on business. We had a nice visit 
and Russ had a picture of his Seattle car. A 
1960 black and white Nash Rambler. Very 

cool. He was emphatic that with that car 
you don't need a personality: Everyone will 
talk to you. Since it is the only one like it in 
all of Seattle he seems to have the town at his 
feet. I didn't ask him when he was planning 
to bring it back to Connecticut. That may 
prove a long drive. I have been in constant 
contact with Carl and Whitney Schwartz. 
I can't wait to get back up there. Perhaps we 
should crash the Class of 198 l's 25th 
Reunion! It would be fun to see all those 
old friends that were behind us for so many 
years!! When you are within 250 miles of 
Houston, please call me. 713-828-2202 on 
my cell. Come on down for a few concerts. 
Kinky Friedman is running for Governor of 
Texas. It should be exciting." 


Class of 1981 

Jennifer G. Steward 

115 Main Street 

Boxford,MA 01921-1118 

(978) 352-7694 

jgsteward@comcast. net 

25th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

The winter months have been bright- 
ened significantly for me through the get- 
togethers that reunion planning has afforded. 
Each of the planning meetings we've had has 
turned into a mini reunion in and of itself! 
The whole process has us all the more excit- 
ed to get as many '81ers back to campus as 

It is so hard to believe that 25 years have 
passed. I find whenever we get together that 
those years melt away, and there is a lot of 
laughter! By know I hope that most of you 
have heard from someone on the reunion 
committee. We really are so anxious to speak 
to everyone in the class, and make sure 
everyone has Reunion built into their spring 

In addition to all of the fun planning 
we've been doing, we have discussed the 
name change and regret that the timing of 
the change coincides with our 25th. That 
said, we are determined to make the best of 
it! We are aware of the opposition many 
members of our class felt, and continue to 

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feel about the change. I have always felt that 
one of the great attributes of our class is the 
strength of our loyalty to GDA and the 
experiences we shared there. In addition, as a 
group we always had a bit of a rebellious 
streak, and were never afraid to assert our 
point of view. In that spirit, I think we 
should try to make the last reunion of 
Governor Dummer Academy really memo- 
rable. Perhaps it is only fitting that a class that 
was so proud of its affiliation with the 
school, honor its name for the last time 
before the change to The Governor's 

I received quite a few wonderful 
Christmas cards from classmates- families 
getting bigger, and children growing up. We 
have quite an age range represented by the 
children in our class from toddlers straight 
through to college students. 

Let me pass on other news. . . 

It has been terrific to catch up with 
Larry Schwartz through our meetings for 
reunion. He gave me the following update to 
pass on. "My wife Kate and I live in 
Manchester, MA — we moved back from San 
Francisco ten years ago. I founded a private 
equity firm, The Wenham Group, two years 
ago. Although the investment focus is inter- 
national, the firm itself is also based on the 
North Shore. On the home front, we're in 
the process of adopting a one-year old girl 
from Russia. So we are back and forth these 
days to Moscow — hoping that is completed 
by February. That will be our sixth child 
(and second adopted). The house has been 
taken over by children, dogs, cats, hamsters 
and goldfish! Chaos, but always entertain- 
ing. Got together recently with EOB, Red, 
Lisa, Tracey, TJ and Jenny — always good to 
see that it takes only about 30 seconds for us 
to easily slide back right to where we left off 
25 years ago. Looking forward to catching 
up with everyone this summer at the 25th." 

Susan Perry sent an email from the 
sunny south... "I have survived the year of 
firsts after the death of my mother, but as any 
of you know who have experienced this, it is 
not easy. Career wise, I am still here at Duke 
— Assistant Director of the LGBT Center for 
Student Life. I also hope to join a multi-spe- 
cialty office near campus for private practice 
work (counseling) at some point this year. I 
am loving the continual adjustment to living 

in the South (sorry to say, I 
am starting to say 'y'all' regu- 
larly — ugh!), and I certainly 
do NOT miss the New 
England cold winters. I five 
in Chapel Hill with my part- 
ner Kathryn and our four- 
year-old rescued greyhound 
named 'Oscar'. He is all legs, 
and all heart! Kathryn works 
with HIV + clients as a clin- 
ical social worker with the 
UNC School of Medicine. 
We have some interesting 
family rivalries with me 
working for Duke and 
Kathryn working for UNC! 
We are all blessed with good 
health, great friends, and 
family support. I will be trav- 
eling at the time of Reunion, 
so will probably miss the fes- 
tivities." I'm selfishly hoping 
for a change in your sched- 
ule, Susan! 

Eric Adell has been 
providing so much help for 
Reunion, making calls and 
offering constant amusement 
for all of us on the commit- 
tee. As for Archon notes, he 
wants everyone to know his 
wife and kids still love him, 
and that he is hoping that all 
of the women whose hearts 
he broke back in high school 
have forgiven him, and will 
come back to GDA in June. 
It's asking a lot, I know, but 
luckily all those ladies will 
have a few months to steel 
themselves before June! Best 
of luck to all! Jennifer 
Malamud Schaeffher sent 
word from Marblehead:"Had 
a great time this summer get- 
ting together at Lisa 
Louden's house. Time 

marches on But life just 

gets better! I am officially a 
corporate refugee. Left Bank 
of America after ten-plus 
years... Am enjoying being 
'at home', but am volunteer- 

Karla A. Austen '81 is Chief Network Officer at 
Healthnet in Shelton, CT. While she was a student at 
GDA, Karla participated in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, 
volleyball, and was on the Milestone staff. She went on 
to earn her undergraduate degree from Bates College and 
her MBA from Northwestern University. 

"GDA has a unique sense of community. I 
transferred into GDA as a junior and immediately 
knew I had made the right choice. The teachers 
were engaging and the small class size was what I 
needed to succeed. My fellow students were 
warm and quickly accepted me as part of the com- 
munity. The coaching was terrific and I learned a 
tremendous amount about teamwork and team 
success. The life skills I learned at GDA have been 
invaluable. I have only fond memories of my two 
years at GDA. 

I believe that as someone who has had the 
privilege of a strong educational foundation, I have 
a responsibility to support the schools which have 
enabled me to achieve success both personally and 
professionally. Education is an asset that is ever- 
lasting and is also a great equalizer in the work- 
place. I believe education is one of the most 
important gifts one can give. I hope my gifts con- 
tribute to others having similar positive education- 
al experiences to the one that I had. 

I also have a strong affinity for mission driven 
organizations that focus on youth. I serve on the 
Board of the Make -A -Wish Foundation and vol- 
unteer as a mentor in the Bridgeport Public 
School system. I also am a previous board mem- 
ber and work with the Waukeela Foundation 
which provides grants to summer camp for under- 
privileged children. Contributing to GDA is very 
much a part of my commitment to giving back to 
community and supporting the development of 

My commitment to supporting GDA is based 
upon my very positive experience. GDA has an 
exquisite campus, wonderful administration and, I 
hope, an everlasting community. Contributing to 
the school helps to ensure that the wonderful tra- 
ditions will continue." 

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ing more than I ever worked in corporate! 
Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Religious 
Education, Neighborhood Association, 
Lunch aide! Son Max (9) and daughter Use 
(7) keep us busy! Bob is doing great as a 
partner at Payette Assoc. Feels like we just 
had our 20th!" 

From Clarissa Dane Hughes: [First 
off, an email address correction, and 
my apologies if I transcribed it 
incorrectly! Clarissa's correct email is Sorry for any mix 
up!] "Definitely looking forward to our 
25th! Insane. Already booked a room at 
Mom and Dad's in Ipswich! It's been great 
seeing a lot of you- it will be great to see 
even more! From Florida- We miss you, Kath 
and Elizabeth!" Though I know Clarissa and 
Cady do miss Kathryn Shilale and her fam- 
ily a lot, I'm selfishly happy that they are 
back here in Mass. I've loved getting to catch 
up with Kath regularly, and hoping that a 
possible move to the North Shore may be in 
their future. 

Mike Reilly has been doing an amaz- 
ing job spearheading efforts to have our class 
participation well represented for the Annual 
Fund. While I personally chose not to give 
last year in protest of the trustee's actions, I 
have decided to give again this year to mark 
our reunion. I plan to designate my gift for 
scholarship purposes, and certainly would 
encourage anyone who is ambivalent about 
giving again to consider this option as well. 
From his home front Mike wanted me to 
pass on the following news: "We're still toil- 
ing in the construction business and have 
recently retired from the Army after over 22 
years- a welcome event as the time and other 
commitments of the military are far out- 
weighed in importance by those of family 
and professional life at this age. Diane and 
Colin (6), Christopher (5), Erin (3) and 
Patrick (1) are all great. We look forward to 
Reunion '06 and the planning thereof!" 

I (Jennifer Steward) have received 
many other emails checking in about the 
details of reunion as they stand so far, and am 
very excited that it looks as though the 
turnout for Reunion is going to be high. It 
should be a terrific celebration. I'm really 
looking forward to catching up with every- 
one in June! Until then, I hope you'll con- 
tinue to stay in touch and send any recom- 
mendations you may have our way in terms 
of reunion planning! See you June 9 through 


Class of 1982 

Nancy Lord Wickwire 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03110-6201 

(603) 472-8993 

anwick@comcast. net 

As you might have guessed, I (Nancy 
Wickwire) am angry and disappointed in 
the trustees for deciding to ignore the hun- 
dreds and hundreds of alumni who opposed 
removing "Dummer" from the school's 
name. I'm still able to pick up the shattered 
pieces of my life and move on. My big news 
is this: We are moving! Just two miles down 
the road but it requires so much work we 
might as well have moved to Alaska. Then I 
could visit Sloan. Other than that: still two 
kids, still one dog, husband still tolerating 
me, and gallantly ignoring the emails from 
John Parker which seem to always include a 
reference to the scene we did from Taming of 
the Shrew with Mr. Rowe's English class, 
(yes, the one with the kiss). 

Heather Ryan is also in a new home. 
I should have consulted with her, it seems 
they move about once every 18 months or 
so. I think this is the third house for 
them, all in Hamilton, MA. Heather has left 
IBM after 11 years! She's busy enough with 
the three kids, but spends her extra 
time working with a publisher for her 
Dad's book, On Wits and Wind which 
is the true story of his five-year saihng voy- 
age around the world from 1947 to 1952. 
Email Heather if you'd like to order an 
advance copy (or just to say hello!) Ted Larned 
sends this: "When last I wrote, I was on the 
verge of a visit to the hospital for the pend- 
ing birth of my daughter. Charlotte has now 
been with us five months and is the apple of 
my eye (whatever that means). She is happy 
and healthy and hardly ever cries (jeal- 
ous?)... She grunts. We always know before 
she is going to cry because she begins to 
grunt. That gives us about five minutes to 
figure out what the need is and meet it. It's 
kind of funny, but it works for me. Could be 
worse. We are in the midst of a mid-west 
winter with too little cold and too little 
snow. I just know it's going to get cold and 
snowy just when we are ready to be done 
with it. Best to everyone." 

Andy Fredrick sends this email in 
response: "Life in Idaho is interesting. There 
are a lot of things that are different.... in 
addition to the fishing licenses. Do you 
know they have mobile butchers here? 'Cuz 
in open range land, if you hit a cow you own 
it. Might as well get the beef. They also 
prohibit alcohol sales on election day... like 
that will make an informed electorate! Gotta 
love the culture shock. I'm now working for 
Works Corp, doing back end web work (gee 
that sounds dirty). I still have my own shop 
open, but they are an Inc 500 co. and I could 
not refuse. Still looking for more work inde- 
pendently, so anybody out there.... My 
daughter (Julia, 8) decided to cut her own 
hair. She then got a pixie cut... but it will 
grow back. I remember when I did that and 
got a buzz cut. Like father, like daughter, I 
guess. I too have an old Spire. I wanted to 
send it to one of the authors contained 
therein, Ann Rooney, but I lost touch with 
her after she left New York. Nice to nudge 
her and say get in touch if she can." 
(I forwarded Andy's email to Ann, since I got 
an email from her MOMENTS after his 
arrived. Fate, I tell you). 

Ann Ewing writes: I am actually writ- 
ing to you from Key West, FL. My husband 
and I purchased a house down here last 
spring - a real fixer-upper, but in a nice 
neighborhood in the Old Town. We were 
here with our toddler last summer working 
on it, and then returned to Tennessee in 
September to take care of some problems 
that had developed in our real estate business 
there. We got back here in December, and 
will probably head back to Tennessee again 
in April. We're about 90 percent done on 
our fix-up and would welcome any visitors. 
We have three bedrooms and two full baths, 
so plenty of room! But the biggest news is 
that we will be welcoming our new son to 
the family by the end of February!!! I'll let 
you know when he arrives! Best to all." 

John Krigbaum writes: "All is well 
here in sunny Gainesville. Having a terrific 
year doing Anthropology at the University 
of Florida. I just won 'Teacher of the Year' in 
the College of Arts & Sciences and am 
entrenched in lots of research and writing. I 
am continuing archaeological work in 
northern Borneo and am about to embark 
on fieldwork in the Philippines (Palawan) as 
part of an international team — I still can't 
believe I get paid for what I do. Best wishes 
to all my friends from GDA. Come and visit 

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if you're in northern Fla! I saw a Florida 
license plate a while back which read 
"GDA8U" - ain't that the truth! Bye!" 

Chris Swenson writes: "We're still liv- 
ing in Concord, MA. My kids, Robbie and 
Laura, are six and nine. Laura is becoming a 
very good tennis player. She plays three 
times a week now and plays matches, too. 
She'll be playing lacrosse for the first time 
this spring. Robbie has been on the swim 
team this winter and will be playing baseball 
this spring. My company, Neutral Tandem, 
in Chicago, is doing great. We have almost 
100 employees now and are in 14 cities. 
We'll have a location in Boston soon. I 
spend most of my time in Chicago so we are 
planning on moving to Illinois sometime 
this year. Our house in Concord went on 
the market in January — hopefully it has sold 
by the time this is printed! Wow — that's it — 
yawn. I'm surprised I don't have more to 
write. At least my kids have an exciting life, 
unlike mine!" 

Scott Holloway writes: "All is well 
here in Portsmouth, NH. Still married 
(Robin) with two kids, Paul (6) Elizabeth 
(4). Still running Coast Cadillac Pontiac 
Buick GMC. Jeff and Burke '84 Leavitt 
still working here as well. Went to Bob 
Low's wedding last summer. Boy, I never 
thought Bob was going to get married. 
When his dog Max died, I figured he'd just 
get another dog. As for other activities, I'm 
chairman of the board for Portsmouth 
Hospital and I'm on the Big Brother Big 
Sister board of directors with Sean 
Mahoney '85. Other than that: skiing & 
snowshoeing, etc." 

Now I know why we haven't heard 
from Claire Danaher in a while. I got a 
Christmas card from her, and instead of just 
daughter Phoebe, there are now TWO chil- 
dren: Phoebe (8) and Thea (1 year in 
November '05). She's still in Tennessee. Still 
not sending me her email address (if she has 
one) (hint, hint, time to send me an email, 
Claire!) Kids are cute. Thea looks like a 
clone of her mom, including a devilish grin 
that I recall seeing before. Of course, there is 
one distinguishing characteristic: Thea is 
bald. Matt Teborek writes that contrary to 
the notation in the last Archon, he is not 
LOST although he IS in Hawaii. He lives 
and works there and has had no visits from 
Matthew Fox nor Evangeline Lily. 

Last but not least, John Parker (the 
news you've all been waiting for!) writes: 
"As I am not technically a graduate of the 
(graduate or not I will never call it the 
'other' name), I have however been cradled 
in the arms of the class of 1982 as an hon- 
orary mate, and have always felt the warmth 
of their embrace. (Pause to gag, roll eyes and 
the like. . .).That being said, I write to you all 
with what for me is exciting news, actual 
news. Not just, '...had a great time at the 
beach this year. . .', news, but something tan- 
gible. I have been sporadically replying to 
Nancy's request for news for years, if for no 
other reason than it is the only time any 
publication wall publish something I write. 
Other than one letter to the editor in the 
Greensboro News and Record over ten years 
ago, the Archon has been my only 'vent'. I 
am currently the Coordinator of the 
'Shameless Self-Promotion of John Parker 
Tour '05/'06'. Why you ask? I got into a 
movie. A movie was being filmed right here 
in Greensboro, North Carolina, and they had 
an open casting call. I went and was cast as a 
featured extra, and during filming I was 
upgraded to 'principal actor' (man, I just love 
saying that...) Let's say it together shall we, 
'principal actor.' Ahhhh. My character is a 
collector for a bookie. I rough-up one of the 
co-stars. Finally, being 6T"/250 and a little 
scary has paid-off. The film is the first Haley 
Joel Osment movie in almost four years, 
called Home of the Giants. So I am hoping by 
being in a movie with an Oscar nominated 
actor I can parlay this into 
something. . .more. What more, I don't know, 
I'll get back to you after it comes out. As a 
result of my unbelievable stroke of luck, I am 
now 'SAG eligible'. Which it takes some- 
times years to accomplish (anyone who 
knows the industry will agree). In all serious- 
ness, I feel really blessed that it happened, 
regardless of the long-term outcome. You 
can see the results of my Shameless Self- 
Promotion work on wwwhomeofthe- which is a 'tribute' site for the 
movie. The guy doing the site (obviously a 
big Haley Joel fan) also did tribute sites for 
A.I. and Secondhand Lions. For those of you 
still thinking - he's the 'I see dead people...' 
kid. C'mon, people, let's keep up, we are try- 
ing to make some movie magic. I found this 
pretty interesting: the guy doing the site lives 

in Singapore. Who knew? It's not like I was 
a totally inexperienced actor. In fact, Nancy 
and I shared the GDA stage for a small part 
of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. And if 
memory serves... yes, I believe we shared a 
sweet, gentle kiss... 'chances are though I 
wear a silly grin. . ...' Sorry, I broke into song, 

I was swept up in the nostalgia So to 

recap, aside from Nancy and me muggin' on 
stage, I was a really green 'actor'. The direc- 
tor gave me two lines, we did them and I 
didn't hear cut, so I just started making stuff 
up. I personally have never shaken anybody 
down for money, so I was covering new 
ground. Now I am hoping the thing will get 
picked up and distributed, so it will be in 
theaters. If after all this, it goes 'straight to 
video', the next thing you might hear about 
me is 'Locked in closet, not coming out...'. 
You see the perfect ending to the 'Shameless 
Self-Promotion Tour' is me and a news crew 
outside a Greensboro movie theater the 
night the movie opens (trust me, those 
ducks are being lined up as we 
speak . . . read . . . write . . . whatever) But if we 
go straight to video, I will look like big ol' 
dork. Although, I have quite a lot of experi- 
ence doing that, so I'll probably make it. 
Wife's good, kids good, same job, yadda, 
yadda. I'm out." 


Class of 1983 

Danielle L.Jacobs 

91 Pond Street 

Marhlehead, MA 01945-2604 

(781) 639-9272 

Laurianne Murphy 
101 W End Avenue Apt 32D 

New York, NY 10023-6381 

(212) 579-0822 

Kevin Cryts writes: "Danny ta boot, I 
am disappointed in the GDA name change 
but what can you do? I just started my own 
commercial cleaning business here in 
Williamsburg, VA- Coverall of Virginia 
( I am bidding several 
large jobs and hiring employees so it has 
been very hectic. I am also still the Regional 
Manager of Investigations for Colonial 

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Investigative Group, Inc. as well out of 
Georgetown, MA. We investigate fraudulent 
insurance claims for the insurance industry 
on the east coast. I coached my son's foot- 
ball team (Williamsburg Hornets) to the 
league championship this fall for eight and 
nine-year-olds. We were the first team from 
Williamsburg ever to win the league super 
bowl. It was exciting for me and my son, 
Collan, who is already 10. My eight-year old 
daughter, Abby, is quite a gymnast and it 
scares me when she flips across the living 
room through mid-air! It just looks painful. 
My wife Jennifer is the business office man- 
ager at a nursing home here in town and she 
enjoys it. We will have been married 14 years 
this May- scary how fast time flies. We also 
love Virginia- no snow!! I hope all is well 
with you and your family. Keep in touch." 

From Jim Rose: "Laura, Jacob, and I 
welcomed Eliza Gibbs Rose into our family 
on December 16. We live in Great Falls, 
Virginia. I am going on my sixth year at 
VitalSpring Technologies, a software firm in 
Tyson Corner VA, and was recently promot- 
ed to Vice President, Product Marketing. I 
also received a phone call from Lily Esmiol. 
Lily is riving in Ventura, CA. She is planning 
to get married in June. Lily, sorry if I get any 
facts wrong, I didn't take good notes! She is 
marrying Kelly Minas, an archeologist. Lily 
does volunteer work for Sustainable Harvest 
International, a group that supports restoring 
the forests. She says she's happy living the life 
of a housewife to Kelly and their pets. 
Lily recently ran into Steve Nicholson 
and Erica who are living 45 minutes away. 

David Agger is living in San Francisco 
and working in private equity and real estate 
involvement. Spending half of his time in 
the non-profit sector on various foundation 
boards and running a health-care foundation 
( "I speak with Greg Ehrlich, 
Andre LaFleur, John Borgman, "Gibsy" 
(Jonathan Gibbs) and Paula Veale. I 
strongly support the name change and 
applaud Bruce Turner for his efforts. Look 
me up if you are in the Bay area." 

Class of 1984 

Cathleen Riley Scerbo 

35 Winterberry Lane 

Stratham, NH 03885-2472 

(603) 118-3169 

cathy@riley -scerbo. com 


Class of 1985 

Nathalie E. Ames 

526 West Grant Place, B 

Chicago, IL 60614 

(113) 883-1325 

I hope you are all doing well! Here are 
some updates on your class members: 

Tim Maxfield writes: "I am living in 
Portland, Maine. I manage a house for recov- 
ering addicts and alcoholics. It's a very inter- 
esting process to be involved in. When full, 
we house 28 men who are working to stay 
sober and re-establish themselves in a drug 
and alcohol free lifestyle. During the day, I 
am the Advertising Sales Director for 
Discover Maine Magazine, a Maine History 
magazine that's been published for 14 years 
now. We publish 12 issues a year and cover all 
corners of the state of Maine. I run the sales 
dept, and take care of the office. My daugh- 
ter, Rhiannon Maxfield, is in sixth grade... 
1 1 years old now. She is doing great. That's 
about the word from here. Be well, be safe 
and God Bless." 

Victoria de Lisle is safe and sound. She 
writes: "My husband, and our dog and cat 
evacuated New Orleans just a few hours 
before the storm arrived. We had originally 
planned to stay and had stocked up with 
provisions to last several days. As crazy as 
that sounds, we have never evacuated before 
and our house which was built in 1848 is an 
old structural brick carriage house. At any 
rate, the storm intensified about 10 hours 
before landfall and we decided to leave after 
all. The drive out of the city was horren- 
dous. The local authorities told everyone to 
go east because the roads heading west were 
impassable with traffic. We headed east on a 
coastal road toward Mississippi and Alabama 
(of course this is where the storm ultimately 
made landfall). As we were driving, we 
watched the tide rolling the wrong way and 
the water already rising. The last bridge at 
the end of the road was not operating so we 
had to double back with the water lapping 
our tires. We ended up taking a country road 
north and after 1 hours of stop and go traf- 
fic got to Birmingham (this trip usually takes 
five hours). Every hotel and motel within 
600 miles of New Orleans was totally full 
but my mother had called ahead and gotten 

a room for us. Others were not so lucky and 
the lobby was full of people from New 
Orleans with their kids and pets sleeping on 
the floor. The storm was headed in the gen- 
eral direction of Birmingham so we left early 
the next morning for North Carolina where 
my husband's parents had a house for the 
summer. It was not until we arrived there 
that we learned that the levees had failed and 
the city had flooded. I stayed in North 
Carolina for a couple of days glued to the 
television, but eventually had to head to our 
firm's office in Houston where I had clients 
to attend to. Our New Orleans office is 
small so all of our attorneys were easily 
accommodated in Houston where I spent 
seven long weeks before we could head back 
home. We had evacuated in shorts and t- 
shirts, with just enough clothes for a day or 
two, so the first task was to purchase clothes, 
toiletries, shoes etc... At the time, we did 
not know the fate of our house but based on 
the news reports, we assumed that we had 
lost everything. It was sort of like starting 
completely over again. The good news is 
that our home did not flood and, in fact, 
other than a fallen tree, we suffered no storm 
damage at all. The flood waters stopped 
about five blocks from our neighborhood, 
which was one of the first parts of the city to 
be settled. If I don't leave the small grid 
where I five, work, shop etc... it is almost 
possible to forget the devastation that the 
city has suffered. However, so many people 
(both rich and poor) have lost their homes 
and entire possessions. There are neighbor- 
hoods that look like something from the 
twilight zone - no lights on, not a blade of 
grass or planting, no one in sight. The water 
fine (a big brown mark that the polluted 
water left behind) is an ever present 
reminder of just how far the water came into 
our city. There are piles of debris (people's 
homes, furniture, clothes) that are three sto- 
ries high in some places. You have to see it 
to comprehend. We were one of the first 
people to return to New Orleans in early 
October. I felt like a pioneer. It was a war 
zone - army humvees, black vans full of FBI 
agents, no stores or groceries open, no traffic 
lights, no gas (we brought cans with us), no 
mail (I still don't know what happened to 
our mail for the entire month of September) 
and of course a curfew. Things are better 
now and more people are returning and 
businesses are opening. However, I worry 
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of its leaders to make the hard decisions that 
are necessary to make a rebuilding effort 
effective. That's all from me, except I hope 
that many people will come to New Orleans 
for Mardi Gras or just to visit -We need your 
tourist dollars!" 

Dinah Daley just recently got engaged! 
She and her soon to be husband, Pete, are in 
the process of moving to Portland, Oregon 
to start their life together! Andrew Webber 
is living in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Kate 
Appleton Fitzpatrick writes: "My family 
and I have relocated to St. Andrews, 
Scotland. It is our second year here and we 
are enjoying what this part of the world has 
to offer. I am teaching English Literature at 
the local high school. My husband and two 
girls are doing well. We welcome any visi- 

Katrina Russo Burks writes: "There 
have been lots of changes in my life in the 
three years or so since I've been in touch... 
In 2003, after 12 years of marriage, I got 
divorced. It was a tough decision, but the 
right one. At around the same time, our 11- 
year-old Golden Retriever developed Lupus 
and we had to say good-bye to her. That 
Christmas we got a new Golden puppy and 
named him Rudy (Rudolph). In December 
of 2004, I met the most wonderful man on (of all places!). His name is Whip 
Burks and he had moved to Vermont to 
attend Culinary School. He was currently 
working for Ben & Jerry's (how perfect is 
that?!). It was amazing how much we had in 
common — families, upbringings, activities, 
music, love of kids and food, and we both 
had Goldens! We were engaged the follow- 
ing October. (Whip carved 150 pounds of 
pumpkins and set them aglow to make his 
proposal!) Meanwhile, I had received a pro- 
motion with Merck from Cardiovascular 
Specialist to Hospital Specialist. Now I work 
just in four teaching hospitals, but have prod- 
ucts in more therapeutic areas: cholesterol, 
osteoporosis, asthma and allergies. Because of 
the new territory, I moved from Rutland to 
Duxbury, which is right next to Waterbury 
(home of Ben & Jerry's and Green Mountain 
Coffee). We now live on a mountain with 
] acres and amazing views. The kids love it, 
the dogs love it, and Whip and I couldn't 
have found a more peaceful spot! Mitchell 
and Ellie have made a great transition to the 

Waterbury schools. They stay in touch with 
their close friends from Rutland, but have 
made lots of new ones here. Selling the 
house in Rutland was a long, painful process 
involving a total freeze of the house, total 
replacement of the entire heating system 
(furnace, all plumbing, and radiators), and a 
relocation company that was not as helpful as 
they could have been. But I did finally sell it 
on the weekend of Reunion! I was sad to 
miss seeing everyone who was there, but I 
needed to get rid of that house! After that 
we could focus on wedding planning. And 
we had a wonderful wedding! September 10 
was a gorgeous day in Vermont, and we had 
an amazing time. Besides my sisters, Teresa 
Russo Cramphorn '83 and Anita Russo 
Bartschat '87, Becky Chase Werner '85 
and Pam Chase Paradee '87 were there 
from GDA. Ellie was my Maiden of Honor 
(along with Anita) and Mitchell walked me 
down the aisle (along with my dad) . Whip 
and I spent a blissful two-week honeymoon 
in France — Paris and the Loire Valley. So we 
are back to reality and ready for our next 
adventure —We're expecting a baby in June! 
We are all very excited! We'll have teenagers 
and toddlers at the same time — how crazy is 
that?! How many major life changes is that? 
Five? Six? Also, I would love to hear your 
prospective on the name change. Personally, 
I was disappointed. My e-mail is Other than that, 
things have been pretty much the same " 

Michele Samuels writes: "Since gradu- 
ation I have found myself in large cities. My 
husband, Ismail, and I now live about 25 
miles outside of NYC on Long Island. We 
have two wonderful sons, Kareem (14) and 
Joseph (4). I hope you are all well! Sean 
Fleming has moved to the University of 
Arizona in Tucson. "If you ever end up here 
in the desert let me know. You can still reach 
me at" 

I (Nathalie Ames), am doing well! 
Some of you may have seen me on the 
Oprah show in October. I will be on the 
show again in mid-February and some time 
in May. I am part of a series as they are track- 
ing my weight loss process and how I tackle 
the emotional issues associated with the 
weight gain. It has been very interesting. As 
of January 20, 1 am down 30 pounds! It feels 
great! I have an Oprah Update link on my 

web page if you 
want to follow my progress. Thanks for 
sending in your updates! I enjoy hearing 
from all of you. 


Class of 1986 

Paul B. Nardone 

190 Summer Street 

Lynnfield,MA 01940-1857 

(781) 334-2037 

paulbnardone@aol. com 

20th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Melinda Stahl writes: "Hey, hey, every- 
one! I figured I had to participate if I want- 
ed to hear from some of you. Yes, that means 
you if you're wondering. I five in Los 
Angeles with two kids (a boy Charlie (3.5) 
and girl Esme (16 months). I still work at 
Nestle in Marketing (16 years in June - 
ahh!!!). My husband, Matt Nix, is a screen- 
writer. Nothing made yet but consistently 
working which is a huge accomplishment - 
I am his wife so probably a little over the top 
proud. I still have a crush on Jon Gardner 
'85 and run into GDA people all the time. 
It's actually kinda spooky. Okay, so I want to 
hear about you. Write something!!!" 

Monique Proulx says: "Hello to 
everyone. I hope the New Year brings every- 
one health, happiness and success. The holi- 
days were crazy but fun in our house. 
Brianna (8) and Allysha (6) had a great 
Christmas and New Year. We had our sec- 
ond annual Christmas party with Santa and 
Mrs. Claus arriving in a horse drawn wagon! 
It was a lot of fun. The Equestrian Shop will 
be opening its second location on February 
1, 2006. We are leasing a spot on Route 133 
in Ipswich at Bruni's Marketplace. We have a 
full time manager and are very excited about 
our new location in the heart of 'Horse 
Country'. Wishing everyone the best and 
hope to see many of you at our 20th 

Blake Underbill reports: "Maria and 
I are happy to announce the birth of our son 

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Melinda Stahl '86 with her husband Matt Nix and 
their kids, Charlie and Esme. 

Santiago on October 29, 2005 (his big 
brother Samuel was born in May 2001). We 
have been raising our children in a bilingual 
home. Samuel switches between English 
and Spanish with incredible ease. It's funny 
that I came close to failing Spanish (all four 
years of it) . Lack of sleep aside, life is going 
well. I now own a specialty construction 
company doing commercial carpentry work 
all over New England. I see Mike Jasse and 
his wife Beth regularly. Their wedding in 
Miami this past May was an absolute blast 
and we got to hang out with John Bailly 
and his wife Deb (whose wedding 2004 
onboard an old schooner was also amazing). 
Alison Zwiel shows up for poker night 
whenever she needs money and stopped by 
to see the new addition over the holidays. 
I'm hoping to get to Reunion but I have a 
convention in Maine the same weekend so 
I'll try to fit both in." 

Nikki (Truman) Harding: "My hus- 
band, Jeff, and I just added another member 
to the family. Didi, born in November, joins 
Ellie (2-1/2). We still live in Meredith, NH 
and I'm currently staying at home with the 
girls until they're in school. It was tough 
closing down the gift shop but the trade-off 
is well worth it. I'm still playing hockey and 

managing my travel team, and 
loving it!!" 

Gene Taft checked in to 
update me on the latest chapter 
in his life journey. I must say that 
he has had an illustrious career 
to date including mining for talc 
in the upper Yukon, pro-am fig- 
ure skating, head groundskeeper 
at the Neverland Ranch. Gene 
writes: "Greetings from 
Washington, DC. That is right, 
after 12 years in the Big Apple I 
have made a move to the 
nation's capital! After getting 
profoundly into my yoga prac- 
tice, on both a spiritual and 
physical level, I realized that 
yoga is the Jazzercise of the 80s. 
The yoga market in NYC how- 
ever, was completely saturated. 
So I packed up my mat and 
incense and made the move to 
DC where I've opened my own 
yoga studio, Yogeno, in the 
Dupont Circle area. Stop by for 
a quick workout, meditation, or 
sun salutation if you're in the 
If anyone is interested in helping form a 
reunion committee I would love to hear 
from you soon. Please email me at paulbnar- Since this will be the last 
reunion being held at Governor Dummer 
Academy before the historic (and misguided 
I might add) name change, I guess that makes 
it "special." 


Class of 1987 

Amy B. Northup 

84 Central Street 

Byfield,MA 01922 

(978) 465-0724 

Kristen M. Poulin 

41 Main Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 462-9953 

keith_poulin @yahoo. com 

Hope everyone's winter is moving 
along well. Thanks to those who checked in, 
so we didn't have to bother the local, usual 
suspects... who then have to make stuff up 

about themselves and their families. Stay 
warm and please stay in touch. 

Tom "Duper" Jansen emailed, "Hello 
to all. I hope everyone is doing well. I'll cut 
to the chase. I left Boston and the hotel busi- 
ness after eight years of corporate torture 
and music mayhem, and bought a house in 
South Dartmouth, MA near where I grew 
up. I am now married and my wife Jennifer 
and I are going to be parents by the time you 
read this. (Be afraid... be very afraid!) 
Jennifer and I grew tired of working for 
other people so we decided to open a gour- 
met food store in Tiverton Four Corners, 
R.I. called 'Milk and Honey Bazaar' 
( We have 
done very well for our first year, and the 
press has helped us build a great online 
business as well. I am still doing a great deal 
of music. My friend Toph (pronounced toaf) 
and I are playing all kinds of acoustic 
guitar music for different functions 
( I am still recording 
jingles from the home studio. I am not able 
to get up to the Academy as I would like, but 
if anyone is down in the Little Compton- 
Tiverton, R.I. area, drop in. Have a great 

Lyndsay (Rowan) McCandless 
writes: "You can finally check out my art 
gallery from anywhere- (wwwjacksonstreet- I even represent Elizabeth 
Leary '88, her mother, and my mom, Lee 
Rowan. The gallery and three daughters 
keep me a bit crazed here in the Tetons!" 
Mike Curtis writes: "My independent film- 
maker blog ( contin- 
ues to be popular with 2500-3000 visitors 
per day. I am starting a new business to color 
correct indie features: Color Cafe." Dave 
Miller checked in with, "I'm very pleased to 
let you know I got married this past 
September 17, 2005. We had an amazing 
ceremony and reception in Manchester, NH 
and an incredible honeymoon in Hawaii and 
Las Vegas. Her name is Christina and she is 
from Claremont, NH. Ben Williams was 
my best man." Kris Kobialka wrote: 
"Living in Beverly with my boyfriend, Art. 
Working part-time as a musician and also my 
archives consulting business is going well. 
Shame about the name change but life goes 
on. Congrats to GDA on their FINALLY 
hiring an archivist-Kate is a peach! Hold on 
to her." 

Long, but no longer lost, Robb Morse 
and his wife Kara are happily settled in 

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Dracut, MA. Robb is working for a medical 
device company in Chelmsford. Outside of 
work, they are busy but having a great time 
with their four children: Marina, Sabrina, 
Katerina, and Easton. Four kids must be a 
trend, because Bill Dumoulin emailed, "My 
wife Sherrie and I have a new addition to 
the family. Alexandria Noelle was born on 
June 24, 2005. She was proudly welcomed 
by her big brothers Timmy, Joey and Billy Jr. 
Everyone is happy and healthy and enjoying 
having a 'Princess' around the house!" Amy 
(Mack) Forsthoffer and her husband, 
Mark, are awaiting the arrival of their 
first child in March. In January, family 
and friends gathered at Amy's aunt's 
house in Byfield to celebrate the upcoming 
event. Amy's mom Gerri, Lyndsay (Rowan) 
McCandless' mom Lee, Lucy (Armstrong) 
Henkes' mom, Liz, were there along with 
Paula (McCarthy) Haas and Kristen (LaBrie) 
Poulin (Lucy was unable to attend) . It was 
a great day and we're all looking forward to 
meeting their new addition. 

Glen Distefano reports: "I cannot 
believe it has been 18 years since we all 
jumped the wall. Hope everyone is well. 
My wife Lisa and I have relocated to the 
Tampa, Florida area and I have accepted a 
position as CIO for a new Workers 
Compensation Carrier and have been very 
busy with all the items that come with a 
startup. Our two 'kids', a Black and 
Chocolate Lab, keep us very busy. We went 
through three of the four hurricanes in 
Florida last year. This 'Yankee' would take 
a blizzard any day compared to a hurricane. 
If anyone has contact info for Jeff Katz 
please let me know atgdistefano@gltcom- If anyone is in the Tampa, 
Florida area, we would love to meet up." 


Class of 1988 

Deana D. Boyages 

1911 Cambridge Blvd. 

Upper Arlington, OH 43221 



Hi everyone! 

I lope you are all doing well upon 
receiving our Archon edition. This time our 

class actually sent in some news. As I men- 
tioned in my letter to you, I was wondering 
if we were a bit less than enthusiastic last 
time around because of all that was happen- 
ing on campus. There is some news from 
classmates we do not usually hear from, and 
that makes my job fun! By the time The 
Archon actually comes out, I reread our 
notes because I have forgotten all that I write 
for these entries. It is a sad side effect of 
motherhood that I was painfully unprepared 
for. All of the rest of being a mother has 
been otherwise rewarding and fun. I still 
have only three girls and despite looking at 
new babies and smiling I am happy to have 
my three. We had the chance to travel to 
Athens, Greece this year as a family. The girls 
have been there before but couldn't remem- 
ber it. This time we all had a great time and 
enjoyed immersing ourselves in another cul- 
ture. While we know some Greek, we may 
need to learn more since we may have the 
opportunity to go back this summer again. 

I have had the chance to talk with sev- 
eral alums this winter because of the name 
change issue. Chris D'Orio and I spoke 
almost every day for a few weeks. It was fun 
to laugh with him about old times and feel 
like it wasn't so long ago that we actually saw 
each other in person. Now that I am back 
in touch with him we will not allow Dana to 
have to write HIS updates. His boys are 
doing well, getting big, of course, playing 
hockey! The old man, Chris, still plays too. 
He ran into Bob Pierce a few weeks ago at 
work. Bob has three children, 14, 12, and 
nine years old. This is a GDA version of "it's 
a small world." 

Now you may think that these next 
comments hail from an alum that lives in 
Cambridge, but it is just Dan Morison. He 
EMAILED. . . "Maybe if you send out a mass 
email instead of those cards that would work 
better for getting comments. Nobody sends 
back cards, but everybody emails. Plus peo- 
ple can add photos as well." Thanks for the 
suggestion, so now here's the dirt. . .1 brought 
my daughter Charlotte to Dave Walor's 
daughter Paige's first birthday party this past 
Saturday and saw Wayne Belleau and his 
daughter Emily. Dave Hanlon was notice- 
ably absent because his son, Michael, had to 
nap. I also stopped by a D'Orazio fruit and 
veggie store in Salem and saw Tony's sisters, 

Melanie '86 and Stephanie '85. Stephanie 
informed me that Tony now has two kids, 
Dominic and Roman. On a snowy day in 
October, I went mountain biking in the 
Middlesex Fells in Winchester and gave a 
ride to two other guys back to their car 
because they were about frozen solid. It 
turns out they were both fairly recent grads 
of GDA as well. What a coincidence! 
Although I can't remember their names it 
was nice to see some GDA guys out braving 
the elements to get a little exercise in. I 
think we were the only people biking that 
day!" I have to say while I know you so well 
Dan, I never knew you to be so concerned 
about napping schedules and other people's 
exercise habits! I know I will hear about this 
later, but you sound so grown-up now! ! 

Kristina von Trapp Frame almost 
always sends the card back with info!!! I 
know, I know, I'm a wise guy, but it's true. 
She WRITES IN PEN... "The last two 
years we've been living in Vermont on the 
same site that I grew up on. We have two 
girls, Stella, almost three, and Annie, almost 
one, who keep me very busy. My husband, 
Walter Frame, works for the development at 
the downhill ski resort, Stowe Mountain 
Resort, which is really exciting. New 
homes, hotel, base lodge and town homes 
and a new golf course are being built. Call 
if you're in the area! Damon Kinzie and I 
have lunch now and again." 

So now that we have settled that, if you 
can please email but if not I don't mind typ- 
ing your info in either. It is just fun to hear 
from you any way we can. Another coun- 
try heard from is our friend Dr. Todd 
O'Brien, who has been less than consistent 
with the personal updates, but I sense a new 
leaf is afoot! "Happy New Year! We are well. 
I am not sure where I left you off but we are 
settled back into the Boston area after a year 
of training that took us to Switzerland for six 
months and Mass General for another six 
months. Practice is great. My offices are in 
Peabody and I work predominantly at Salem 
and Beverly Hospitals. However, the bigger 
news is we had our first child in March, Liam 
McMichael O'Brien. He's doing great and 
has been a lot of fun. All my best, Todd." 

I have attached as many photos as I have 
received for the notes; please keep them 
coming. Even if they cannot all make the 

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Alexis, Sophia and Noelle, daughters of Deana Boyages '88, in Athens, Greece. 

notes I will keep trying with the next edi- 

Arvid Swanson writes: "Hope all is 
well with you and your family. I was doing 
work and opened your letter, so here is an 
email update. My wife, two daughters (4 and 
7), and I are still living in NH. For work, I 
am the NE sales representative for Rossignol 
Snowboards and Black Flys Eyewear. I am 
also part owner of a shop in Meredith, NH 
called New Hampshire Old School. The 
shop carries snow, skateboard, and surf stuff. 
I work in the shop April- Sept, and rep the 
rest of the year. It keeps me busy. For fun 
stuff, I surf all year in ME, NH, and MA. I 
just finished building my own custom chop- 
per from scratch; and I like to take the girls 
out on the lake or skiing depending on the 
season. I guess that is all for now. Thanks for 
the letter. Talk to you soon." More news 
from alums in warm places... like a spring 
break destination! They all keep saying call us 
when you are here. If we all traveled to visit 
our class, and only our class, it would make 
for a pretty cool road trip. 

Here is news from Erika Sayewich 
Buell: "Hi Deana. How are things? You? 
Your kids? I'm sending you this at 4 a.m. 
since I just returned from a 10-day trip to 
Europe for business and I am still not adjust- 
ed to central time. Things are going well in 
Austin; even though it's my second winter 
here I'm still amazed at the mild weather. It 
was so warm here that we all went swim- 
ming in an outside pool on New Year's Day! 
I'm currently working full time as in-house 

counsel for CSC (Computer Sciences 
Corporation) negotiating licensing deals. I 
love being back to work and was fortunate 
to find a global company in Austin. Sam is 
currently teaching criminal law courses at 
the University of Texas School of Law. 
Madeleine (5) is in her third and final year of 
Montessori (she'll enter first grade next fall) 
where she's taking advantage of living in 
Texas by learning Spanish and playing out- 
side year-round. Anna (2.5) goes to the UT 
Child Care Center (she calls it her 'school') 

and considers herself a longhorn. Austin was 
in full glory with the recent UT Rose Bowl 
victory; the elation hasn't worn off yet. I'd 
love to catch up with anyone living in this 
neck of the woods!" 

Now if Austin isn't warm enough here's 
some info from Chris Zabriski! Zabs 
writes: "Got your letter, wondered if the lack 
of class notes was a protest to the name 
change. Nothing like sending the message to 
our young people that image counts over 
substance and that marketing is more impor- 
tant than content. [You go Zabs, so many of 
us couldn't agree more] Things are fine here 
on the rock. Children's library gets busier all 
the time. My wife Vicky has started teaching 
film at the Bermuda College. She and I are 
doing a series of short films for the festival 
circuit. We bought a 28-ft. racing sailboat for 
a song and spent the last five months fixing 
it up and converting it to a family daysailer. 
I've attached a picture. [I hope you see it too] 
Hope everyone is doing really well. We have 
a tiny place (with a huge rent) so I can't real- 
ly put anyone up but if you are coming 
down to Bermuda drop me an email at and I'll clue 
you in on some of the hidden spots." 
Bermuda does sound nice this time of year! 

Another alum that we haven't heard 
from in awhile... Kursten Coffeis Burns 
writes: "Happy New Year! I definitely agree 
with Dan that email is the way to go. Look, 

Christian Zabriskie '88 and his wife Vicky on their sailboat. 

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lass notes 

Meileh and Kursten Burns '£ 

Kursten Burns' two sons 

even I responded! I hope all is well with you 
and your family. Life has definitely been 
good to us. We basically have been traveling 
and spending a ton of time with our two 
boys. We are actually leaving for Orlando this 
Friday. I still think it is funny that we are 
headed across the country to go see Mickey 
and we only live a half hour from 
Disneyland. I've attached a couple of pic- 
tures. Thanks for keeping in touch. All the 
best." Now, in case you couldn't tell whose 
child belonged to whom, Kursten's boys 
look just like him!!!!!!!!!!! 

Closer to home, Cindy Draper 

Hatfield sent us an update 
from her growing clan: "I 
haven't written in a while so 
I thought I would send a 
quick update. My husband, 
John, and I live in an old 
house in East Bridgewater, 
MA. We have three wonder- 
ful children -Jack (5), Mary 
Elizabeth (3) and Thomas 
(1). I'm a stay-at-home 
mom and I love it. I do still 
do some part-time adminis- 
trative work with my dad. 
My husband runs his own 
furniture restoration busi- 
ness, which allows for flexi- 
ble hours so he can come 
home to help out when I 
need him. I started home 
schooling Jack and Mary this 
year. It has been challenging 
and very rewarding. We are 
all learning new things. 
Besides being busy with 
home schooling and main- 
taining and old home, John 
and I enjoy being involved 
with our local church. I 
look forward to hearing how 
everyone else is doing." 

Now, as if to see a 
comet or something, we are 
getting notes from a long 
missed classmate. It was like 
getting notes from Carlos 
Brockmann, but this is 
another wayward friend who 
will now be better at keep- 
ing in touch, I hope! Try and 
guess who this is before you read the 
name. . . "I hope that you and your family are 
well, and had a wonderful holiday season. 
While I have consistently neglected to send 
in an entry for the class notes page, for the 
past 17 years, I was disappointed to see that 
no one else had written in for the most 
recent issue. I always enjoy perusing the 
Archon, and finding out what everyone in 
our class has been up to. In an effort to 
break with my reclusiveness, I offer the fol- 
lowing:" Any guesses yet???? There is more. 
"Teresa and I are still living in Annapolis, 
MD with our two daughters: Sara (3) and 

Chloe (7). A little over a year ago, I left the 
'exciting and glamorous' world of IT and 
became a real estate agent. Teresa had been 
an agent since 2000, and we decided to part- 
ner up so that we could spend more time 
with our family and less time with the belt- 
way. It has been a lot of fun, and has been 
rewarding on a number of levels. It's great to 
be home almost every day at around 5 p.m. 
and spend time with my girls. We are actu- 
ally moving next week to Maryland's Eastern 
Shore. We found a remodeled 1820 farm- 
house, with some land near the water and we 
decided to give it a go. It's only 20 minutes 
from downtown Annapolis and we are all 
pretty excited, especially the girls who are 
relentlessly lobbying us for a couple of dogs. 
I am still playing hockey, and play in a men's 
league at the US Naval Academy a couple of 
times a week, which is good fun. In short, 
life is good. Warmest regards to all. Christian 
Dennison!!!!!" Please do not let it be 
another 17 years, Christian. Thanks for 
breaking the stalemate. It was great to hear 
from you! 

That is all the news for now, folks. Just 
put my email address in your address book 
and send a note when you feel like it. I will 
get it in the next set of notes. Please update 
my email address to 
Looks like I may be moving again, (forgot to 
mention that earlier!) so that is the best way 
to get me on the fly! Thanks for your 
resounding reply this time! Ciao, Deana 



Class of 1989 

Kristin A. Brown 

Cambridge School of Weston 

45 Georgin Road 

Weston, MA 02493 

(781) 893-3523 

krisitin_brown @post. harvard, edu 

Greetings, Class of 1989! I hope this 
edition of The Archon finds you all well. 
Unfortunately, I did not get much news from 
you this time around. Perhaps people are 
feeling less inclined to write due to their 
feelings about the name change or perhaps 
you just forgot — but hopefully the few bits 
of news I can share will entice you to write 
in the next time you get a letter in the mail 

58 Hie Archon ** Spring 2006 

Kristin Brown '89 and Aaron Hirsch's daughter Sarah. Wedding in South Carolina of Rob Wattie '89. 

from me. We all know that the first place we 
flip to when we receive The Archon is the 
Class Notes section and it is much more fun 
to read when we actually have notes there! 
Here is the news I do have... Rob Wattie 
was married at the end of April. It was a 
great event celebrated in South Carolina 
with many GDA alums in attendance. Both 
Matt Downing and Chuck Kahn were in 
the wedding and many others enjoyed 
the festivities including myself, Kara '88 and 
Jason McLoy, and Derek Van Vliet. (All of 
whom are in the photo except for Derek). 
More congratulations are in order for Rob 
and his wife, Betsy, as she just gave birth to 
their son, Robert Wattie IV, at the end of 
January. I was lucky enough to meet the new 
arrival when he was just a few days old and 
snap an adorable photo of him in his father's 

Matt Downing and his wife, Sarah, 
who are expecting their second child in 
April, had a fun Patriots party at their new 
home in Middleton with several alums in 
attendance including those already men- 
tioned as well as Rob Ashworth, his wife 
Tammy, and their two kids. Dan Nadeau 
and his twin daughters also made an appear- 
ance. Jeff Ashworth was not able to attend 
as his wife had just recently given birth to 
their second child. Renee Jespersen con- 
tinues to live in the Washington, DC area and 
should be finishing her residency this year. 
Jessica Cowles Pidgeon and her husband 
and two sons have been enjoying life in 
Calgary for the past year-and-a-half They 
are looking forward to their next post in 
Hanoi, Vietnam. Her sister, Jenn, recently 

had a baby and is currently living with her 
husband in New Hampshire. 

Jessica Clapp has been living in Stowe, 
Vermont for the past couple years and is 
really enjoying it. Every time I talk to her she 
seems to have a new story about running 
into different GDA alums! She and Ashley 
Newbert were able to get together to attend 
the GDA young alum event at the Grog the 
night before Thanksgiving. We are not sure if 
we still fit into the "young alum" category - 
but it was a fun event nonetheless. Ashley 
continues to live in Little Compton, Rhode 
Island. I have some sad news to report about 
Lauren Jellinek Flower. Her father was just 
recently killed in a plane crash. Lauren, her 
husband Sam and four-year-old son Jacob 

will be spending much of the upcoming year 
with her mom in Sun Valley, Idaho. In the 
meantime, she is still living in Gig Harbor, 

As for me (Kristin Brown), my hus- 
band Aaron and I welcomed our daughter, 
Sarah Harding Hirsch, into the world on 
September 29. Life with her is amazing! I 
am still working at Pingree teaching in the 
History Department and working as a col- 
lege counselor which is a fun change for me. 
We five in Weston on the campus of the 
Cambridge School where Aaron is the Dean 
of Residential Life. We recently bought a 
home in Newburyport, but don't make it up 
there as much as we would like. However, we 
are looking forward to many days at Plum 
Island playing on the beach with Sarah next 
summer. Well, there you have it. I wish I had 
more news to share. Now that you have fin- 
ished reading our notes, don't wait until the 
next reminder. E-mail me your notes now so 
that the next issue can be chock full of news 
from the Class of '89! Enjoy 2006! 


Robert Wattie IV, son of Rob and Betsy 

Class of 1990 

Nicolle Fardy DelliColli 

20 Post Office Avenue, Apt. 25 

Andover,MA 01810-3651 

(978) 886-2456 

The class of 1 990 surely has great news 
to report. To kick us off, Grayson Coale 
writes: "We are expecting our third child in 
June so it should be getting really hectic 

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class notes 

Molly, Shannon, Smitty, Steven and Brian 
and welcome back, Neil. Until next 

Brian Payne '90 and his wife Jody with 
their first child, Lexye Miriam Payne 

around here. Charlie is really excited and 
keeps saying he wants a sister... We'll see... I'm 
sure it will be another boy." The ever-help- 
ful Grayson reports that Kerry Morrison is 
also expecting her second. She also tells us 
that Molly Jerabek is doing well and is 
almost done renovating her home which is 
going to be in the Renovation Style maga- 
zine. Included is a picture of Grayson's 
adorable boys. Shannon Clifford 

Davenport says, "Hi Everyone! Jamie and I 
had a fabulous first Christmas as a married 
couple. Following that, our furnace broke, 
sending soot and carbon monoxide all over 
the house. Thanks for insurance! It was 
quite the disaster, but we are finally back in 
the house and almost back in our home. 
Happy New Year!" 

From out west, we hear from a some- 
what long, lost classmate, Mr. Neil Penick. 
He is doing well and doesn't want to be a 
complete stranger to his old GDA friends. 
He is living in San Francisco and can be 
reached at Over 
the years, he's run into Pete Jacobs and 
Glenn Johnson and has been to a couple of 
the GDA events that Mike Moonves has 
hosted. We shall be hearing more from Neil. 
Brian Payne writes with "wonderful news 
to share. Last Wednesday my wife Jody gave 
birth to our first child, and possibly our last 
according to her (I'll give a few months 
before I address that issue) - Lexye Miriam 
Payne at a trim 5 lbs. 10 oz. (like her father) 
and 20 inches long. My hockey school busi- 

Grayson Coales' '90 two sons 

ness - Ice Works 'Elite Hockey Training' is 
booming, entering its 10th year. Over the 
years, numerous GDA alumni have worked 
for me; Alex Moody '89, Kevin Lydon 
'89, JJ '02 and Brian '05 Morrissey, Chris 
Genovese '05 and Lenny Ceglarski '02 to 
name a few. So, any GDA players looking for 
work this summer, give me a call! In the next 
three weeks, I will be launching a new web 
site called Fanatics - 4 - Fitness. This site will 
consist of 750 athletic training products 
(Medicine Balls, Speed Ladders, etc..) for 
aspiring athletes, personal trainers and local 
professional and collegiate organizations. So 
things are extremely busy. Hope every- 
thing is going well for all GDA Alumni!" 
Brian can be reached at (978) 392-4555 or 
Brian Please see the 
precious photo of Brian and his "new" fam- 

Dave "Smitty" Smith writes that 
"Kate is expecting and we will have a baby 
boy in mid-May. Brian Rodgers and his 
wife had a son around Thanksgiving, Finn 
William Rodgers. He is a beautiful baby 
boy. That is about all the news fit to print 
from me." Last, but not least, I was happy to 
hear from a friend of the class of 1990, 
Stephen Aron, who wrote, "I got married 
March 19 here in Florida, and am expecting 
my first child in July! Isn't that crazy? ME!!!! 
That's all the news that's fit to print." Unfit 
news seems a theme with the gentlemen. 
What's up with that? Boys will be boys, I 
guess. But that could be just the spice this 
article needs. 

Well, that's the low-down on the Class 
of '90. Congratulations, Grayson, Kerry, 


Class of 1991 

Nicole F. LaTour 

9 Worcester Street 

Boston, MA 02118 

(617) 267-2008 

15th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Well, I hope that everyone is gearing up 
for spring and the impending 15th reunion 
that is right around the corner, believe it or 
not. I didn't hear from many people this go 
around so maybe you are all saving your 
news for reunion in person? It seems that 
procreation is the theme of the moment. 
Alanna Caffrey Rosenberg and her 
husband Jasper are happy to announce the 
arrival of their daughter, Molly Eleanor, who 
was born on November 10, 2005, and 
Michael Aron and his wife Elizabeth had a 
baby boy in July, Justin Michael Aron. 
Congratulations to the new parents. 
Speaking of which, as I write this, Karen 
Queen Stern and her husband Ben are in 
the final countdown of her pregnancy; they 
will become parents to a little boy in the 
beginning of March! Stay in touch and I 
hope to see many of you in June. 

Brie Bourn says: "A big thanks to 
Todd Amadeo for sending me flowers 
when I was in the hospital last December." 


Class of 1992 

Catharine A. Wickcs 

16 Norseman Avenue 

Watertown, MA 02472 

(617) 923-1323 

cwickes(a)email .com 

Well, it's been another busy winter for 
the class of 1992! Some of us were a little 
too busy to fill out those menacing post- 
cards, but here's what I have learned . . . Joe 

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Montnimy reports that he and his wife, 
Briana, are living in Birmingham, Alabama. 
Joe is working for the Department of Justice 
as an assistant US Attorney prosecuting 
organized crime and drug trafficking in the 
Birmingham area. Josh Lappin was the best 
man at Joe and Briana's wedding last year. 
Alison Derderian is a Registered Nurse 
and loving the work. She sends greetings 
out to Bethany Stuart '91, Liza 
Loughman '91, Rory Cullen '91 and 
Melanie Robinson. Alison keeps in touch 
with Shauna Lynch who recently became a 
medical doctor - congratulations to Shauna! 
Erin Elwell Rich is enjoying her new role 
as mom to two adorable boys: Colin and 
Aidan. Colin, the youngest, will celebrate his 
first birthday in March. How time flies! 
Jackie Hogan is working in Cambridge, in 
an office that strives to improve life for 
women and minorities at Harvard. She's also 
taking lots of dancing lessons and planning a 
trip to Patagonia. Gus Mergins wrote in - 
just a day late of the last Archon's deadline — 
but was still enjoying life in New York and 
his furniture making business. You may have 
heard from Chris Ruggiero and Devin 
Sullivan about the newly established Larry 
Piatelli Scholarship Fund at Governor 
Dummer. This is a great way to give money 
to the school. Get in touch with Rugg, 
Devin, or call the Alumni office for details. 

Grace Jeanes writes: "Not too much to 
share except a GDA small world story. This 
winter, Leah and I were traveling in the 
Western Caribbean on a cruise ship and ran 
into Susan Perry '81 (former faculty: 
Director of Athletics/Biology) onboard in 
the spa!! It was nice to catch up throughout 
the cruise as we visited ports in Key West, 
Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Susan now 
works in the Office of Student Affairs at 
Duke University." 

It was great to hear from so many of 
you — keep the emails and postcards coming! 


Class of 1993 
Needs Secretary 

Kenseth Thibideau reports: "Hey - 
how's it? It's Kenseth here. I'm living in San 
Diego. I make music for TV commercials 
and I'm in bands - Pinback, Sleeping People, 
Goblin Cock, Howard Hello, to name a few. 
Keeping busy, staying out of rat race, don't 

have to wake up for morning meeting. PS. 
Congratulations Shawn!!" Angela Ives Hill 
reports: "I'm expecting my first child 
(Alexandra Bliss) in February. Moving to 
Newport, RI in March. Completing gradu- 
ate work in education administration." 
Christopher Cini is a paramedic with 
Tisbury Ambulance and is the assistant direc- 
tor with emergency management in West 
Tisbury. Chris has been very busy teaching 
many EMS related classes on Martha's 
Vineyard. He and his wife Deborah finally 
took a belated honeymoon in Hawaii for 
two weeks. Jon Jett says life is treating him 
very well. Still living in New York and trad- 
ing at a hedge fund. Exciting news - recent- 
ly got engaged and will be getting married 
in August. I'm lucky - she's an amazing girl. 
Still talk to Stash and Mike Nadeau (better 
known as Nads) - who got engaged a week 
before me! Unfortunately, our respective 
fiancees didn't go for the idea of a double 
wedding! Bought a ranch near Dallas last 
year, which is a nice escape from Manhattan 
and get to see the family. No marathons or 
triathlons on the books this year, but still 
playing hockey regularly Life is good! 
Andrea Manning says: "I got engaged in 
November and am planning an April 2007 
wedding in England (where my fiance Ben is 
from.) Anne Savage will be my maid of 
honor and Jen Saunders will be a brides- 
maid. Other than that still working away and 
enjoying NY!" 


Class of 1994 

Kristen Marvin Hughes 

14335 Burbank Boulevard 

Apartment #6 

Van Nuys, CA 91401-4819 

(818) 780-1309 

Hi everyone: 

Well, it's yet another issue of The 
Archon and I didn't hear from a single per- 
son. Let's not leave the space empty for the 
fall Archon. Let me hear from you! 


Class of 1995 
Laura B. Barnes 

P.O. Box 12219 

Kowloon Central Post Office 

Yau Ma Tex 

Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR 

(852) 91181153 

Ihbarnes 14@hotmail. com 

Eric Whittier reports: "Hope all is well 
with the Class of '95. I am still in Portland, 
ME in the second year of my internal med- 
icine residency. It was great to catch up with 
everyone at the Thanksgiving reception at 
The Grog. I had a chance to catch up with 
Jodi Leverone while she was interviewing 
for a residency spot at my hospital (Maine 
Medical Center). Don't worry, I put in a 
good word for her!" 

Casey Barbaro-Bzdak says: "Just 
checking in - Wanted to say hello to every- 
one and hope everyone had a good holiday 
season. My new husband and I had a great 
holiday with family and friends up here in 
Derry, NH. I have finally passed my CPC 
exam and am now a certified medical coder. 
So I am excited to start a new career. Well, I 
wish everyone well, and if anybody wants 
my email, it's Feel 
free to say hello." 

Ed Guzman says: "We actually do have 
some news that isn't mundane. We have 
moved to Washington D.C., where I have 
been working as an editor at The Washington 
Post since January. I left The New York Times 
after three-and-a-half years in December, 
mostly because the opportunity at the Post 
seemed promising. But we were also looking 
for a lifestyle change, especially because our 
two boys are starting to grow up. We've set- 
tled into the 'burbs in Northern Virginia, 
where we're renting a townhouse for about 
the same price as a studio apartment in 
Chelsea. (It's a pleasant surprise how much 
room you can afford once you leave New 

Casey Barbaro-Bzdak '95 and her husband 
on their wedding day. 

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lass notes 

York!) We will miss New York, but we feel 
good about our fresh start." 

That's the latest from us. Thanks again 
for the opportunity to write in. 


Janna De Risi 

Southdown Landing 

3 Ladder Court 

Huntington, NY 1 1 743 

(631) 659-3036 

Jeffrey R. LaBelle 

2835 North Cambridge Avenue #1 

Chicago, IL 60651 

labejef@gmail. com 

10th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Janna Panall De Rissi reports: "My 
husband and I are expecting our second 
baby, a little girl, on reunion weekend - June 
10th! So think of me, I will either have a tiny 
newborn or be as big as a house as everyone 
is partying in the French Building! Kate 
Manzella and I are actually due right 
around the same time so I know she won't 
be in attendance for the festivities either. I 
recently spent the weekend with Katie 
Renna in her new condo in Charlestown 
which was a blast. We had a chance to catch 
up with Lauren Carroll over dinner and 
paid a visit to Katie's sister, Laura Renna 
Riley '93, and her two darling little girls, 
Emma and Margo. This weekend Mara 
Zanfagna will be escaping from her life in 
New York City for a visit to us which should 
be fun as well. Mara moved to NY in July 
from Colorado and is now working for New 
York Life Insurance along with her 
boyfriend Scott." 

Jeff Gilberg says: "I also included a 
picture. I am living in Baltimore, MD with 
my wife Alyson and dog Nalle. I joined the 
United States Army JAG Corps last May and 
am currently working as an administrative 
law attorney, assigned to the Fort McNair 
Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in the 

Jeff Gilberg '96 and wife Alyson. 

Military District ofWashington. I am look- 
ing forward to seeing everyone at the 
reunion this spring." Katie Lyons says: 
"Well, I can't say I've done anything THAT 
exciting lately. My husband, Ryan, just fin- 
ished the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training 
Program here at Sheppard Air Force Base in 
Texas so we'll FINALLY be returning to the 
New England area in the fall. We're planning 
a formal wedding ceremony for February in 
Boston and cant wait. I just finished ray 
Master's degree in Criminal Justice from BU 
and I'm looking forward to the career ahead 
of me. In November, I traveled to San Diego 
to celebrate my brother Jeremy's wedding 
(class of '93). There I ran into old friends 
Robbie Kealer and Matt Casselini. I also 
ran into Kim Konevich who was a bar- 
tender at the reception. Talk about a small 
world! I look forward to seeing everyone for 
our 10 year in June." 


Class of 1997 

Sandra T. Padilla 

536 West 113th Street #31 

New York, NY 10025 

(310) 254-7073 

Hello everyone! It's been great to hear 
from all of you, as always. I'm finishing up 

my first year at Columbia Business School, 
and things are going well. Please let me 
know if you're ever in the neighborhood! 

Ross Hogan writes: "I hope this infor- 
mation finds all of our classmates in good 
health and even better spirits. Things are 
great here in Boston. My girlfriend and I 
spent New Year's Eve with Ben Webber 
among others and had a blast, at least as long 
as we can remember. The New Year finds 
Colleen and me buying a house in 
Wakefield, MA, which has been a wonderful 
experience. We love that it is new construc- 
tion, but the headaches with the contractors 
can prove trying at times. We are also prepar- 
ing for a trip to St. Croix this March for 
some much needed fun in the sun, SCUBA, 
and as much fishing as the days can hold. I 
am also preparing to return to school for my 
MBA, though I have not yet decided where. 
Take care all, Ross." 

Our beloved Brandon Keith is now in 
Vegas. "Hello all! I'm living in Las Vegas, 
enjoying fife. I hope everyone is well. My 
email is, so if any- 
one is ever in Vegas, let me know. Later, 
Brandon." Scott Marshall writes: "I have 
started my own company, Seacoast Events. 
We specialize in event planning for business- 
es, corporations, civic organizations and 
individuals. We are based out of 
Newburyport, MA but we service most of 
New England. We are enjoying our second 
year of business. I can be reached at Sincerely, 
Scott." Lee Melton writes in from Florida: 
"I finished my MBA at the University of 
Tampa in the summer of 2005 and I now 
five in Naples, FL. Congratulations to 
Christian D., and I look forward to seeing 
everyone at our 10-year reunion." 

Nichelle Warren is living in Chicago. 
She writes: "First of all, hello to everyone! 
And congratulations to anyone in the class of 
1997 who recently married or had children. 
I've done neither of the two and am still 
enjoying a single life in Chicago. I recently 
(2005) experienced the loss of my father and 
a layoff from work but am now preparing for 
my mother's wedding and working three 
jobs (one in social service mentoring and 
tutoring kids, another in retail sales at Bath 
and Body Works, and my full time job in 
HR - managing Health Care accounts). The 

62 TiieArchon — Spring 2006 

Julliete Rose Novis, daughter of Josh 
Novis '96. Photo taken by Julliete 's 
Aunt Emily '98. 

New Year has been good to me so 
far. Everyone take care! If you're around my 
way, Get At Me!" 


Elizabeth Evans Erickson 

238 Cambridge Street, Apt. 6 

Boston, MA 02114 

(617) 254-6225 

ericksone_e@yahoo. com 

Tonie Karbe: "After working in 
Germany for three years in consulting, I am 
now back in the states. I am getting my 
MBA at Kellogg and in the middle of 
midterms, hence the email as source of pro- 
crastination. We are also currently going 
through the recruiting process for summer 
internships and I am hoping to get back to 
New England or at least the east coast. 
I would love to get back in touch 
with everyone, so please drop an email" 

Hilary St. Jean reports: "I thought I'd 
send you what I'm up to these days. My sis- 
ter Nicole just got engaged. She is getting 
married in August on the Cape and every- 
one is very excited. I'm working on the 
Rolling Stones Bigger Bang Tour, as an 
event/VIP Party coordinator, throughout 

the states and in some locations abroad. It's 
been a very good experience for travel and 
professional networking. To work with that 
tour is to work with the best in the enter- 
tainment industry, so it's really been a learn- 
ing experience that will be fun to talk about 
down the road. Nevertheless, it's been pret- 
ty exhausting and I'll have to fly home from 
the UK for my sister's wedding and back 
out again. These old men never stop per- 
forming. All and all, it looks like the tour 
could be a full year-and-a-half, or more." 

Elinor (Bill) Brown says: "I plan to 
finish my grad program in May 2007 and, in 
the meantime, I am working for a women's 
health policy group in Kansas City. Also, my 
husband Aaron and I are expecting our first 
child in August. If any GDAers are ever pass- 
ing through the Kansas City area, drop me a 
line! Email: , 
website: www." 

Jessica Savage recently called to tell me 
that in December she became engaged to 
Chris Anderson, her longtime boyfriend 
from Denison. The two plan to be married 
in Maine in September 2007. 
Congratulations to her! Jacob Chase 
writes from San Francisco where he has 
been pursuing his Master's in Education. He 
has been teaching high school Spanish at an 
urban high school. Claire Shearman writes 
that she has recently moved to Atlanta, GA. 
After receiving a promotion within her 
company, Mizuno USA, she is in the run- 
ning department managing the Tech Rep 
Program and also as the National Accounts 
Coordinator. If you find yourself in 
Hotlanta, email her: claire.shearman@mizu- I ran into Jillian Welenc at 
Trader Joe's. She is in her second year of her 
3.5-year interior decorating program. She 
mentions that the program is much more 
technical than generally perceived and she 
has had to learn everything, including how a 
wall is constructed and the different building 
materials required. 

Emily Novis reports: "Hello all! 
Greetings from the west coast! As some peo- 
ple may have doubted, I have finally finished 
college. I received my Bachelor's of Nursing 
in June '05. I am living in Portland, Oregon 
with my sister Becca '01 and my dog, Greta. 
I am working in a high-risk family birth unit 
and taking advantage of the close ski moun- 
tains and the beautiful Oregon coast. I am 
looking forward to seeing Beth Pilkington 
at her wedding in September! I have been 

in touch with Pat Forrest who is also living 
out west in San Diego. Becca and I both 
became aunts in September when our broth- 
er Josh '96 and his wife Annie gave birth to 
a beautilful baby girl, Julliete Rose Novis." 

Finally, I (Ellie Erickson) am (still) fin- 
ishing law school. I have acquired a clerk- 
ship with a judge next year and have just 
signed a lease in Manhattan beginning in 
May. After that I will take the bar exam and 
be married in September. 


Class of 1999 

Jessica S. Zaplin 

511 East Broadway 

Boston, MA 02121 

(617) 797-5134 

Sarah Avalon writes: "Teaching at 
Peabody High is more challenging and ful- 
filling than I ever could have hoped for... I 
drive home happy every day. My 
Marblehead days may come to an end this 
summer as I'm planning to move into a 
house in Peabody. I love our apartment, but 
a house/yard/garage/dog is very exciting. 
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting up 
with Jim Meniates, Pat Carey, Harry 
Dolan, and Leila Fuleihan in Beverly over 
the holiday break - a welcome blast from the 
past. Also, my email has switched to seaval-, and I'd love to hear from 
you all! Take care and be well." EJ Darisse 
writes: "I am still living in NC, and I am 
working as a staffing recruiter at Volt Services 
Group in Raleigh. I know that isn't flashy, 
but it pays the bills. My girlfriend and I 
are about to close on a new house at 
the end of January! It is really close to 
downtown Raleigh so the cab fares will be 
reasonable to come home late Friday and 
Saturday night! Pigeon is planning a trip 
down in a couple of months, and I am 
worried about all the feathers I'll have to 
clean up after he leaves. If anyone happens 
to be heading to or through the NC 
area, please shoot me an email or drop a line 
919-244-4629 if you want to hang out or 
crash on my futon!" 

Megan McShane is living in Boca 
Raton, Florida and really enjoying the warm 
weather. She is working for SYSCO 
Corporation and loving it. She hopes every- 

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class notes 

one is doing well. Nat Baldwin is working 
hard and keeping busy with music. He 
writes: "Lots of tours and new recordings in 
the works and a new album out in March. 
Please get in touch on my space or check 
www.bro for information 
and updates." Michael Kerr writes: "Hi, 
everyone. Life is great at the moment. I 
recently got engaged and we are planning 
our wedding for the summer of '07. I have 
also been busy sending out applications for 
graduate school, where I will pursue both a 
MA and a PhD in History." Jesse 
Soursourian is living in Brooklyn, still writ- 
ing and acting and playing music (key- 
boardist for NYC Smoke - see His play, The Weight of a 
Hummingbird, was recently named a semi- 
finalist for this year's Eugene O'Neill 
Playwright's Workshop. He'd love to hear 
from GDA folks "no matter how little we 
knew each other at GDA." Contact him at 
j esse. soursourian@gmail. com. 


Class of 2000 

Catherine E. Correia 

7624 SW 58th Lane #236 

Gainsville, FL 32608 

Catherine, correia @gmail. com 

Hi, Class of 2000! I hope that these 
notes find you all well. I am adjusting quite 
easily to my first tropical winter in Florida. 
My lab received our permanent lab space 
this week, and have been busily carting our 
stuff down to it. I am really looking forward 
to getting everything up and going again. 
This past New Year's, I decided to head up to 
Washington, DC to meet up with Trinity 
friends and was fortunate to be able to meet 
up with Elizabeth Turnbull as well. She is 
doing well and is working for an energy and 
environmental consulting firm which works 
closely with the Department of Energy's 
Hydrogen Fuel Cell office. Elizabeth is liv- 
ing just around the corner from one of my 
Trinity friends off of Dupont Circle in a 
wonderful town house. 

Daria Grayer writes that she hopes that 
this year is as prosperous for everyone as last 
year seemed to be. She is still in Washington, 
DC and plans to defend her thesis in 
February. Daria is busily editing and making 

progress towards her goal of a career in jour- 
nalism. Although her path may lead her in 
another direction, Daria is currently decid- 
ing whether or not to take a bioethicist posi- 
tion at the Washington Hospital Center. 
Daria s new email is 
Madeline Scheintaub is in her second 
semester at CSU and will be teaching 
Botany again this semester. Tom Hand 
has accepted a landscape architect position 
at a large design firm in Boston. Loren 
Montgomery is working as a cop at MIT. 
She has been spending time with Meghan 
Barry and Lindsay Gilmore, and sees 
Karen Bissell when she's home from DC. 
Emily Dana is living in the North End in 
Boston with a friend and is right around the 
corner from Meghan Barry. Emily sees 
Courtney and Meg often. All three attend- 
ed Jamie's wedding last fall and had a blast. 
Jamie Gilberg is happily enjoying married 

Sarah Jameson is still living in Virginia 
and is waiting to hear on law school accept- 
ances for next fall. Sarah's looking forward 
to a trip out to San Diego in March for 
work. She and her family are prepping for 
Heather's graduation from GW in May. 
Sarah is glad that Heather is planning on 
staying down in DC to work for a while as 
well. Gretchen Gee is still enjoying her 
time working for Habitat for Humanity in 
Athens, GA. Nick Mincolla just finished 
college with a BA in English and is living in 
South Boston. He's playing in two bands 
and is around town doing trade work. 
Cassie Depratto graduated Cum Laude 
with a BA from the University of Ottawa. 
She has continued study there and is in her 
second year of a BSc program for 
Occupational Therapy. Cassie's big news is 
that her boyfriend Kevin asked her to marry 
him on Christmas Day! Marc McDonnell 
was accepted to Naval Flight School and will 
be moving to Pensacola, Florida in May to 
start training. The training is approximately 
two years. Following completion of Flight 
School Marc will either fly helicopters or 
fixed wing aircraft for the US Coast Guard. 
Jonathan Berardino has graduated from 
Bucknell University. He is an electrical 
engineer. He stayed in Pennsylvania, living 
in Amish Country and working in a Nuclear 
Power Plant, Exelon Corp. He has been 

working toward his Master's at Penn State. 

Have a wonderful year and keep in 

Class of 2001 

Maria E. Moore 

3 Central Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

Babsmoo 1 9@aol. com 

5th Class Reunion 

June 9, 10, 11 2006 

Hey, Class of 2001!!! This year has been 
a bit wild; I am moving down to Louisiana 
and getting married in April. My new name 
will be Maria Collins! I'm not sure what I 
will do for a job yet, but most likely it will 
be in a restaurant! I hope to see you all at our 

Meg Lloyd writes: "I am still at Union 
a few weekends away of the end of my hock- 
ey 'career'. Although I see little ice time, I am 
excited to move on to coaching and playing 
in a more relaxed way around the Boston 
area. Finishing up a degree in English, and 
looking forward to taking an Internship at 
the K-9th grade school that I attended, 
where I will be working teaching English 
and maybe some Lower School, and coach- 
ing. Excited and a little nervous about grad- 
uating, I will not be able to be at the GDA 
reunion because that is my graduation week- 
end, unfortunately!! I would love to be there, 
and will see what I can do to put together a 
miny roadie to see you all!!" 

Beth Depratto is still working and 
playing hockey for the Ottawa Raiders. She 
is still loving being on the ice and, for a bit, 
was working at the hockey stick factory (go 
figure, right?). Living the Canadian lifestyle 
with a little bit of hockey and then maybe 
some work on the side. Beth still enjoys liv- 
ing close to her family. Kim Jones is work- 
ing in Boston and living with Alyssa 
Chirlin and a few friends from Colby. They 
are enjoying the boarding school "feel" a lit- 
tle bit after leaving GDA, as roommates. 
Although the heating in their apartment may 
not be the best, they are making the best of 

64 TlieArchon -*• Spring 2006 

a not-so-cold winter. Kim is waiting for the 
day when she can move back to Ireland. 
(Anyone have any job suggestions/opportu- 
nities?) Lauren Bonaventura has been 
working hard, taking classes while holding 
two different jobs. Dunkin Donuts is still 
her favorite and she is their strongest sup- 
porter in need of a coffee boost! Hannah 
Baldwin is back in New Hampshire and 
loving working a bit, while taking a few 
graduate courses and applying to graduate 
school. Keeping herself busy, she is still the 
rink rat she has always been and is playing 
hockey at any opportunity that presents 

Mike Zbriger is lighting up his senior 
year in the hockey arena, while finishing up 
an MBA at St. Lawrence. Not sure of next 
year, he is hoping to keep playing hockey 
somewhere! Richard Lufkin graduated 
from the University of Denver in June and 
left to discover the southern hemisphere and 
travel other parts of the world. He saw the 
New Year a few hours before the rest of us 
from Airley beach in Australia! Ben 
Mitchell is living and working in New York 
City. He has his B.A. in international rela- 
tions from Wheaton College and is now 
working for Ford Modeling Agency at their 
world headquarters. He is working the front 
desk right now, while training for five 
months to be a booking agent. He ran into 
Matt DiGuiseppe in DC while visiting his 
girlfriend at Georgetown. Ben frequently 
talks to Courtney Craft and Dan Lee. He 
writes: "I hope to see you all at reunion if I 
get a chance to make it back home!" 


Class of 2002 

Michael G. Woods 

45 Lexington Street 

Everett, MA 02149-3406 

(611) 389-3406 

woods2 1 

Sam Talbot is currently working at 
the marketing firm Kelliher Samets Volk in 
Burlington, VT and is graduating in the 
spring of 2006. She has three horses and has 
been busy with them! Andrew Storm says: 
"I'm enjoying my senior year atVandy, living 
in my fiat house as the pledge master, and 
have had a job all year as a securities analyst 
for Lord, Abbett, & Co. LLC, a mutual fund 
in NY. I'm going to five with Justin Reese 

'02 in Jersey when we get there. I'm gradu- 
ating with a double major in math, econom- 
ics and a minor in finance or something like 
that. I don't really care if you change or edit 
it. I included a picture of me with our house 
penguin at one of our parties, it's kmda 
funny." Rachel Manikian reports: "After 
spending the fall semester in Boston, thanks 
to Hurricane Katrina, I cannot even BEGIN 

Justin Reese '02 with penquin. 

to say how happy I am to be in New Orleans 
again, and to be a part of bringing the 
city back. A few weeks ago I ran into Joe 
Leavitt '01 and Joe Fannon '01 late night 
at a favorite Tulane bar. I am entertaining 
thoughts of moving to NYC after gradua- 
tion for the summer to figure out what I 
want to do next. But for now, I have been 
busybusybusy with life at Tulane, and my last 
Mardi Gras is just around the corner!" 


Class of 2003 

Laura E. Ellison 

Williams College 

1669 Baxter Hall 

Williamstown, MA 01261 

(978) 462-4164 

Michael D. O'Neill 

Connecticut College 

Box 4365, 270 Mohegan Avenue 

New London, CT 06320-4196 

(978) 462-3733 

mdone@conncoll. edu 

Hi, everyone. I (Laura Ellison) hope this 
Archon finds you all well, whether hard 
at work or studying somewhere exotic. It's 

hard to believe it's been almost three years 
since we graduated. Our time at GDA gets 
further and further behind us and we are 
constantly reminded in both good ways - 
exciting new adventures at school and 
work— but also bad ways with the loss of 
our first classmate, Peter Bildner, this past 
December. I hope everyone continues to 
take the time to write in, send updates and 
stay connected with each other and the 
school. Life at Williams has been great. I'm 
a Junior Advisor this year, living with 30 
freshmen and trying to get them all through 
their first year of college. They are great and 
make my job really easy. I'm still running all 
year round. Our cross country team 
placed second at nationals this past fall and I 
was elected captain for next year. I was 
lucky enough to get together with 
former GDA runners Gwyneth Stokes, 
Lesley Clunie '04 and Caroline Ott '05 
over break. I'm heading to San Diego with 
the track team for a spring training trip, fin- 
ishing up second semester and planning on 
working in Boston again this summer. 

Allison Tsao is looking forward to her 
last two semesters of college. She hopes to 
graduate early to take some time off to ride 
before med school. She is starting applica- 
tions now and is hoping to stay somewhere 
on the east coast. She saw lots of people over 
New Year's such as Gwyneth Stokes, 
Jackie Ross, Mike Oxton, Allen Cooper 
and others. She stills sees Amrit Misra 
every day in classes and they continue to be 
good friends. She writes that everyone 
should come to Baltimore this summer and 
catch a Sox-O's game at Camden Yards. 
Gwyneth Stokes is back on the East Coast 
and beginning classes at BU this semester. 
She is excited to be back in Boston. Andy 
Shealy is currently in Brighton, U.K. 
attending the University of Sussex for the 
spring and summer semesters as an interna- 
tional exchange student from the University 
of Vermont. He hopes to do some traveling 
throughout Europe in the month of April. 

Meghan O'Malley sends more news 
from Williamstown: "Life here in the Purple 
Valley has been going great; busy as usual but 
I wouldn't want it any other way. We just 
completed our winter-study session here at 
Williams, where I took a Chinese sustaining 
class (I just started taking Chinese last semes- 
ter) and a sports writing class. During win- 
ter- study, academic intensity is nothing 
compared to what it is during the regular 

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class notes 

Brooke Eaton '03, Angela Romano '02, Kelsey Shannahan '03 and Rachel Manikian 
'02, all members of the 2002 GDA New England Champion Volleyball team, at the 
Hobday Gathering in Boston in December. 

semester, which means that my primary 
focus has been basketball. Over Christmas 
break the team traveled down to South 
Padre Island to compete in the South Padre 
Island Shootout. We played two games dur- 
ing our time there, against Bridgewater State 
College and Edgewood College. We beat 
both teams, which earned us the 
Championship Title. (I was MVP of the 
tournament!) We've been having a terrific 
season so far, our current record being 17-3. 
We recently had a tremendous victors" for 
our women's basketball program, beating 
Bates College by 21 points, after not beating 
them since 1999! It was a huge win for our 
team and I had a season high of 29 points 
and 10 rebounds! This season, I have defi- 
nitely set my goals high for our team. The 
Final Four is in Springfield, MA this year, 
and I am determined to do whatever it takes 
to help us get to that point. So far, it's been 
an exciting year but the best is yet to come." 
And from your other secretary, Mike 
O'Neill: "I will be spending the semester 
and summer in France. Can't believe senior 
year is almost here and then time for our first 
reunion. Hope to see you all soon." 


Class of 2004 

Gregory M. Ceolarski 

1 Elm Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

Lesley T. Chinie 

32 Woodland Street 

Xewburyport, M-i 01950 

IclunieCa' ' 

Kelsey M. Quigley 

1 Elm Street 

Byfield, MA 01922 

(978) 462-3776 

kquigley@,wellesley. edu 

Douglas Richardson says: "As of now 
I am enjoying my sophomore year at Union 
College. I see Emily Bryson and Andy 
Wilks a lot around campus. I am also par- 
ticipating in Army ROTC for my second 
year. At Union I am playing club hockey 
and just finished the fall ball season playing 
with the lacrosse team." 

Ben Bell says, "Everything is going 
very well at Tufts. I'm in full support of the 
name change and am excited about the ben- 
efits that the Academy will reap from the 
change. Where are all the progressive mind- 

ed people that inundated the school when I 
attended? Suddenly everyone fears change! 
Best to everyone, Ben." 

And Jessica Long says, "My second 
year at Dartmouth has proved to be the 
toughest with Physics as my second major 
course in the pre-medical studies track. But 
although my first term of this year was 
tough, by the grace of God I made it 
through. I'm still participating on the track 
team here at Dartmouth. I still throw the 
shot put, discuss, and javelin, but I've added 
the hammer and the weight to my events. I 
saw Joe Brown and his parents at an out- 
door meet last spring. It was cool. I became 
an aunt along with my brother Raymond 
Long '96 who became an uncle July 4, 2005 
when our nephew was born. It was cool to 
see him as a newborn and watch him grow 
and to take care of him. So my life is blessed. 
I hope that everyone is having a great year." 

As for me, Kelsey Quigley, I'm taking 
some time away from Wellesley to sing. I'm 
living in Cambridge as a live-in nanny for a 
four-year-old boy, doing a lot of performing, 
and working on a CD of original music with 
a producer in Boston. Just last weekend I 
saw Jenna Sweet on the train back to 
Newburyport, and we were talking about 
how great it would be to reconnect with 
everyone. Hope everyone is doing well! 
Keep in touch. 


Class of 2005 

Kelsey A. Correia 

87 Green Street 

Wakefield, MA 01880 

(781) 245-0244 

kelsey. correia@trincoll. edu 

Ruth W. Splaine 

24 Way to the River 

West Newbury, M-i 01985 

(978) 463-4242 


Hello. Class of 2005! I (Ruth Splaine) 
hope all is well. I'm still enjoying life at 
Trinity. I love all my new classes this semes- 
ter and I look forward to the rest of the year. 
Barrie Stavis and I see each other regularly. 

66 TheArchon — Spring 2'" if, 

She loves Trinity as well. Annie Peterman 
'03 and Shannon Falvey '03 have returned 
from being abroad. We are pleased to have 
more GDA alums here in Hartford. Ruth 
Splaine is happy at St. Michael's, although it 
has been a warm winter and the skiing is not 
as good. We were able to visit GDA a few 
times over break; it was great to see everyone 
again. Ruth and I were glad to get such a 
large response from everyone with good 
news to report. Keep it coming. I was 
pleased that I was able to see Brian 
Morrissey play football against Trinity this 
fall (of course Trinity was victorious. Go 
Bantams!) Brian was also able to watch 
Bryan Dodge play hockey against Williams 
along with Raul Cruz. Bryan was glad to 
see both of them. He is having a great time 
playing hockey for St. Michael's and he is 
glad to be getting a lot of ice time. Erin 
Reil loves Northeastern and is enjoying 
playing hockey and was very excited for the 
Beanpot. Also at Northeastern is Nicole 
Greco who is now concentrating on work 
and school and is currently looking for an 
apartment to live in next year with a few 
friends. Nick Almy loves Wheaton and is 
playing on the club hockey team. 

I received an email from Jen O'Leary 
at the end of January and she reports: "I'm 
having an amazing time at Northwestern. 
Fall quarter, I was in the drum line for the 
Northwestern University Marching Band 
and as a result I am now a huge Big 10 
Football fan. I was lucky enough to, as a 
member of the Marching Band, accompany 
the football team when they went to the Sun 
Bowl on December 30 in El Paso, TX. We 
performed with the UCLA Marching Band 
and the country band Diamond Rio at half- 
time and since the game was shown on CBS, 
I managed to get a little screen time! Now 
that marching season is over, I am working 
on student films. I've already worked on two, 
and I am set to start filming two more before 
the end of the quarter and one in the spring 
quarter." Audrie Grigun is attending the 
University of Edinburgh in Scotland and 
loves every minute of it!! She is soaking up 
the culture and trying to stay out of the rain! 
She hopes that all her friends from GDA 
come out to visit her. Andrew Guyton is 
thrilled that the Steelers won the Superbowl 
and is looking forward to playing rugby this 
spring for the Friar's Club team. 

Keri Bergman is loving school and she 
is tutoring fourth graders in Brockton and 

she is having a great time dancing in the 
dance club at Stonehill. Brendan Giblin is 
enjoying Hobart and had a great football 
season and he is currently looking 
for a house to live in for next year. Also at 
Hobart, is Torie Allen. She recently hung 
out with John Hearty '04, and made the 
college lacrosse team. Bobby Rudolph had 
an excellent first semester in Spain, and is 
extremely excited to finally be up at Colby. 
Amanda Mello reports that she also loves 
Colby She is the opinion editor of the col- 
lege paper and she is planning on taking 
kickboxing in the spring. Meg Owen is 
officially a Boston College SUPERFAN. 
She enjoys going to any and all BC sporting 
events and cheering on the Eagles. I was able 
to visit her there over break and she seems to 
be having a great time. Chris McKinnon 
reports: "I moved out to Los Angeles on 
January 4, 2006. USC lost the Rose Bowl 
but the campus bounced back pretty quick- 
ly and everyone is in good spirits. I'm real- 
ly glad to finally be out here. I see Tyler 
Gobin around a lot between classes. My 
roommate, Michael Feeney, is a really cool 
kid. I really enjoy dorm life and most of the 
guys on my floor are really cool. The weath- 
er is excellent, which makes things a lot eas- 
ier." He was also appointed to the residential 
board very soon after arriving at USC. 
Congrats, Chris! 

Rebecca Kelly sent Ruth an email say- 
ing, "I am having a great time at Columbia, 
and absolutely loving being in Manhattan. 
There's just so much to do here. I've been to 
lots of museums, festivals, shows, concerts, 
and amazing stores. I see Caroline Ott a 
lot; it is great to have her here with me! I 
guess the craziest news I have about my life 
here is that I am on the sailing team, which 
is something I neither planned nor ever 
expected. It has been a great opportunity for 
me, and I (somehow) made the varsity team, 
and have traveled with them to many regat- 
tas. Most events are close by in the Long 
Island Sound or New Jersey, but I have also 
gone to regattas in Philadelphia, Annapolis, 
Los Angeles, and we will be in Charlestown, 
South Carolina in two weeks! I miss a lot 
about GDA, and visited my home last Friday 
for winter break. It was great to see 
lots of old teachers and friends." Up at 
UNH, Kelsey Johnson is playing on the 
lacrosse team and is living with Julie 
O'Shaughnessy. Recently they spent some 
time with Kevin Kapstad and Katie 

Leibovitz and Gardiner Parker visited the 

Sarah Somogie recently joined the 
Chi Omega sorority at Rollins and is very 
happy with her decision to stay at Rollins. 
Jen Muscatello enjoys Villanova and is play- 
ing on the club lacrosse team and she is 
working as a tour guide. Meredith Baker is 
happy at Miami and excited that the school 
hockey team is number one in the country. 
Lindsey Hery came back to GDA to play 
basketball and went to New York City with 
Daisy Martinez over break. Lindsey and 
Daisy are planning a road trip down to 
Savannah to visit Ariel Lilly. At Babson,Jim 
Zografos is having a great time. He started 
his own exterior painting company through 
College Pro; he started a dodge ball team; he 
is working on a radio show, and clearly stay- 
ing busy. Tim Cushman is excited that he 
just started electrical computer engineering 

Nikki Bitsack is doing really well at 
BU She was recently named to the Dean's 
Circle which includes students who have a 
semester grade point average of 3.5 or 
higher, with a minimum of four academic 
courses. She is one of only 52 students in her 
college classes. Good work, Nikki! She often 
sees Christian Peng and Tom Roche walk- 
ing up and down Comm. Ave. Also she says 
she "sees them tearing up the BU basketball 
courts at fitrec." Ernilie Pickering reports: 
"We arrived at Tulane in New Orleans 24 
hours before Katrina. Moved into dorm, 
then got kicked out! We escaped 400 miles 
to Memphis, TN leaving New Orleans at 
3 a.m. and got a plane two days later to 
Boston. Three days later I was in Madison, 
WI at the university, happily in a dorm." 
Erin Reil was recently named Hockey East 
Rookie of the Week. Also, she scored a goal 
and had three assists in the Beanpot. 

I'm very glad to hear everyone is doing 
so well. Stay in touch! 

TheArchon <** Spring 2006 67 

chapel talk 

Resting Assured 

by Caroline Tnrnbnll '06 

Hie following is adapted from a Chapel Talk delivered in Moseley Chapel earlier in this academic year. 

Oh no. I can picture it now. It's one of those nights when I won't these fears behind me. I have found an approach to try to calm 
be able to go to sleep. Do you ever wonder why that happens? I myself when I am desperate to rest. I write. In my experience, writ- 
think it's because, for me at least, my brain loves annoying the hell ing how you feel and what is affecting you is an excellent way to 
out of me. I think a lot. I mean it seems like when I am at the peak decompress. I know what you're thinking. You already write 
of physical exhaustion, my brain is at the pinnacle of activity. It's enough. But this kind of writing is different. First of all, you can 
almost as though making contact with the pillow can actually spell everything wrong, which is a magnificent relief when you 
engage my brain to jump into a higher gear instead of slow it to know you can get away with it. Nobody cares because nobody 
quickly fall asleep. Whatever is in that brain of mine knows I should knows that you didn't include that 'R' in February. Antecedent 
get to sleep, but just to spite me it won't. "What can calm my brain agreements, dangling participles and parallel structure? No English 
tonight? Counting sheep? No. A glass of water? Negative. A trip to teacher, or anyone else for that matter, will ever read it, so — out the 
the kitchen for something? Regrettably, not this time. window grammar goes. 

Unfortunately, the odd experiments and the trivial old wives reme- "Free Writing" I guess is a term that some people call what I 

dies are to no avail. do. But, to be honest, I think the coined term is kind of a turn-off 

When it is one of those slow-to-sleep nights, my mind tends to the whole method. I have always thought that this expression 

to be filled with worry. This part of my brain is always active in my implies a type of weakness, like I can't swallow my problems so I 

waking hours, but it especially comes to life when I am trying to have to be all untamed and natural to embrace the power of the 

get to bed. In fact, if there is one aspect of my character that I detest English language. Others would define "Free Writing" by saying 

the very most it is my keen ability to agonize over things about that your mind is what guides you and you don't have to con- 

which I cannot change. It is sometimes a healthy process to brew sciously think about the act. Since I have started to write for myself 

over the day, but in such depth and at such an inconvenient time? I have found that though this sounds dramatic it is, in a sense, what 

Think about it. It is a real waste of time to wonder in agony if what happens. One of the things that is for sure is that it is different for 

I had said to my teacher may have been taken the wrong way. In everyone, so think of it and call it what you like. You can try it every 

my kind of super- analysis of the day I always stumble on the ques- day, or every week, of every fifth Tuesday if you like the sounds of 

tion — Could my day have been better? Or worse, I think what I that. 

did wrong. I should have remembered how to conjugate traducir in Wishing something could have been better and worrying are 

the subjunctive for the Spanish test during A block. two desperately pointless exercises. I do realize though, firsthand, 

Traduzca. . .traduzcas . . .traduzca. . . I should have run that 800 faster; that it is hard to let go of an engrained habit or approach a new 

Abu must really hate me. That 'D' on the physics test will really let way of thinking. All I know is that great sense of relief when I close 

down my parents and my GPA. my journal with a few less pages bare. Some of these agonizing 

Now, my family is a big writing family. They have always nights have been saved by writing; only a few minutes and I'm 

stressed the importance of writing and reading. My father has cured. It's like the miracle medicine. The more weighted with 

always been on my back about reading the newspaper as much as words the pages become, the noticeably less overwhelmed I 

my mother has constantly stressed the importance of writing both become: perfect — I can just return the journal to the shelf. 

in and out of school. Until recently I have tried to stay away from My grandfather, Papa, has written for pleasure all of his life. He 

my own personal writing. Though I'm no big rebel, I like to think has written a number of autobiographical and historical memoirs, 

of myself as independent and not on a leash, forced to do things. To more for himself and his immediate family than anybody else. Papa 

be honest, I kind of hated taking my mom's advice to heart. Like calls what I do "writing as a way of thinking." Instead of letting 

most matters in my life, I thought I knew better than she did. The these thoughts congregate and clutter the brain, I urge you to clear 

second reason for not wanting to write on my own was for fear them in whatever way works for you — whether it be Papa's more 

that I would feel unnecessarily exposed. I knew that nobody would public approach, my more reserved technique, or a way of your 

judge me or read what I wrote, but I felt a strong sense that it own choosing. Don't let what's bothering you hijack all other 

wouldn't be any good. Was this process of letting everything out a rational thought. Write it down and finally put it to sleep, 
sign that I couldn't shoulder anything? But only recently I have put 

(>H The Archon ■» Spring 2<i0f, 

Remember what you loved about being a 
student at GDA? Pass it on. 


Nathalie Ames '85 and her daughter Laura 

"Estate planning is a task that many people do not want to 
address. It forces us to think about different scenarios in our life, 
some are exciting and some are not. Having a daughter prompt- 
ed me to face this undertaking head on. I have come to realize 
how important it is. Through the process of my planning I was 
able to think about all of the special people and places in my life. 
GDA is right up there on that list. If I think about all of the 
friends I made, the confidence I gained, and the amazing things 
I learned from remarkable teachers, it was an obvious decision 
to put Governor Dummer in my will. I value my experience and 
know it is important to give back to such a wonderful commu- 
nity. It is my commitment to a school I believe in, a school 
which brought me so many opportunities and a school which 
opened my eyes to the world. I hope you will include GDA in 
your estate planning. It is a decision you will feel good about." 

Nathalie Ames '85 

2002, the Academy 
rated the Schoolhouse 
Kiety to honor those who 
tablish planned gifts through 
tates, gift annuities, bequests 
id trusts for the school. 


gift through one's will can be a mean- 
;ful expression of your feelings towards 
>vernor Dummer Academy and its 
n continuing the tradition of edit- 
ion, opportunity, and experience foi 
ung hearts and minds. An estate gift, 
:h as a bequest, provides future suppoi\ 
,A while allowing you to retain the 
update your plan as circum- 
_hange. If you would like to 
ssmates in the Schoolhouse 
' making a charitable bequest 
ention for GDA, I encourage you to 
ntact me. 

ie future of the Academy depends on 
ditional gifts from you, our alumni, 
'•ents, and friends. Please contact me to 
">out how to remember GDA in 
md/or to explore other chari- 
rJ .ans that might be helpful to 
. /our family. 

Peter W. Bragdon 

Headmaster Emeritus 

171 High Street, Exeter, NH 03833 

603-773-5985 or 978-499-3173 

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